The ASCEND program also provides support and resources to Cooperman  Scholars and IMPACT participants who are EOF or RISE students. Below is a description of these programs:


Increasing Male Practitioners and Classroom Teachers 

The mission of IMPACT is to increase the representation of males from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds in teaching and respond to persistent opportunity gaps faced by young men from diverse backgrounds. Many of the student participants will come from underserved environments and will want to utilize education to contribute to the socioeconomic and educational transformation of these communities. IMPACT focuses on incoming freshmen at Rowan University and provides resources and supports as they persist through their college career. IMPACT participants are high achieving students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community engagement.

Cooperman College Scholars 

Launched during the summer of 2015, the Cooperman College Scholars program  partnered with four select colleges and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania—including Rowan University—to help teens from Newark, Irvington, Orange, East Orange, and other Essex County high schools pursue higher education.

Scholars who successfully complete the Rowan Pre-College Summer Academy, graduate from high school, and enroll at Rowan University are eligible to receive a four-year scholarship, which helps pay for tuition, room-and-board, books, and other fees. In collaboration with Rowan University, Cooperman College Scholars will participate in a mentoring program designed to ease students’ transition to college. Scholars who attend Rowan University will be assigned faculty and peer mentors who serve as dedicated resources during the early college years.

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