Scholarships Help Cape May County Students Invest in 'Earning Power'

According to a recent study by the N.J. Council of County Colleges, employees with associate degrees earn, on average, $45,000 per year compared with less than $30,000 earned by individuals with only high school diplomas. Over a career, the gap amounts to about $400,000.

In light of these differentials, the cost of higher education at Atlantic Cape Community College is both a good educational buy, with tuition costs pegged sharply lower than the area's four-year colleges, and an investment in earning power. Whether a student plans to complete his or her education at Atlantic Cape or go on to a four-year institution, the cost of attending Atlantic Cape makes good sense.

Atlantic Cape is mindful that, despite holding the line against a tuition increase this year, college costs can be a burden on students. Therefore, the college participates in federal and state financial aid programs-loans, grants, work-study, and scholarships. About 60 percent of Atlantic Cape students take advantage of financial aid programs to help them meet educational costs.

Scholarships are an important factor of financial aid. Hundreds of privately- and publicly-funded scholarships with a variety of qualifications are available to Atlantic Cape students. A few limit applicants to Cape May County residents; others accept applications regardless of residency. Last year Atlantic Cape students received more than $280,000 in scholarships.

Special awards for Cape May County residents include:

Marjorie Ward Leaders Scholarship

  • Full-tuition scholarships for Cape May County students
  • Must be academically well prepared and show leadership potential
  • Covers four continuous semesters of study, excluding summer sessions
  • Up to six scholarships awarded each year
  • "Ward Scholars" will participate in leadership skills training and workshops

Cape May County Championship Golf Tournament:

  • $12,000 in scholarships for Cape May County students
  • Presented by 1st Bank of Sea Isle City in 2004


  • Must graduate in the top 20 percent of high school class
  • Covers tuition and fees for five semesters
  • Must first apply for all need-based federal and merit-based state financial aid grants
  • If students don't qualify for those financial aid grants, NJ STARS will completely cover their tuition and fees