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For minority students in urban schools, there is an urgent need for greater access to college. College access at LEAP Academy means 100 percent high school graduation and college admission, but also 100 percent affordability. LEAP Academy is committed to its students’ continuing education, and therefore provides funding opportunities exclusively for LEAP students.

The Rutgers University Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship

The Community Leadership Center (CLC) at Rutgers–Camden created the Alfredo Santiago Scholarship in 1999 in order to help LEAP Academy students attend college and graduate with the experience needed to pursue successful careers. For more information on the Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship visit the Community Leadership Center website To encourage the college culture promoted at LEAP Academy, high achieving students are inducted to the Alfredo Santiago Rutgers Scholars Program; from an early age students are given the promise of a college scholarship provided that he/she continues to excel in school.

The Peter J. Burke, Jr. Scholarship

The Peter J. Burke, Jr. Scholarship was established in 2014 in loving memory of Peter Burke for LEAP Academy University Charter School graduates to attend college. The Scholarship provides financial assistance to outstanding LEAP Academy graduates, giving Camden City students the opportunity to pursue their college education.

The Scholarship is awarded annually to eligible LEAP graduates based on academic merit and financial need. Recipients who remain in good academic standing may renew the scholarship for up to three additional years (four years if they are enrolled in a five-year program). This scholarship supports a number of exceptional LEAP Academy alumni attending four-year universities in New Jersey and across the country.

Peter J. Burke, Jr. worked diligently to create educational and economic opportunities for the children of LEAP Academy. An accomplished businessman and philanthropist, Mr. Burke devoted a large portion of his professional career to community and public service. He was treasurer for the LEAP Academy Board of Trustees for many years and played an important role in LEAP’s successful expansion to a K-12 charter school. Peter Burke was a champion of LEAP Academy students and their academic aspirations.