Information for Guidance Counselors



Fall 2016

Dear Director of Guidance and Guidance Counselors:

Thank you for submitting outstanding applicants over the years and welcome to those of you who are new to The New Jersey Scholars Program (NJSP).  Briefly, NJSP is an intensive academic program for 39 of the most intelligent, outgoing, and highly motivated students who are residents of New Jersey, will complete their junior year in June 2017 and be rising seniors at the high school level in New Jersey.  During the five-week summer residential program, the Scholars explore a specific topic from an inter-disciplinary perspective. The program takes place on the historic Lawrenceville School campus and is funded by private contributions — there is no fee to the student other than personal expenses.

The dates of the 2017 program are Sunday, June 25th through Friday, July 28th and the topic for study will be The Great War Era: Cultural Splendor or the Collapse of Civilization?

Please note:

  • two letters of recommendation are required: #1 is to be written by a teacher who taught the applicant in the 10th or 11th grade and #2 is to be written by an adult who has worked closely with the applicant outside of the classroom environment
  • applications must be postmarked by Friday January 6, 2017

NJSP has received close to 300 applications for the last several years yet we know there are many high schools and counselors who still do not know about the program.  Thus, we ask all Directors of Guidance to make copies of this letter, the three-page application and program overview, for all their counselors to be sure each one knows about the program.  Then, after the Guidance Director coordinates the selection of the students to apply to NJSP (up to two per high school) and the applications are complete, we ask the Director to certify on the submission sheet the applicants are in good standing and meet the criteria noted above.  The applications should then be mailed to NJSP by First Class with a return receipt or Certified Mail that includes a tracking number.  It is important each sender can confirm receipt for NJSP does not acknowledge receipt of applications.

Applications will be evaluated by the end of February and applicants advised whether they are selected as a semifinalist or declined.  Semifinalists will be invited to visit The Lawrenceville School on either Friday, March 24th or Saturday, March 25th.  Each semifinalist will take part in a group interview with the selection committee and in a campus tour conducted by Scholars from the Class of 2016.  The semifinalists selected for the Class of 2017 will be notified in early April.  Throughout the process, we will inform guidance counselors the status of their applicant(s).

Please go to the NJSP’s website  —  — and review the quotations from past Scholars that note the unique opportunity NJSP offers.

Should you have any questions, please email them to or call Cathy Morgan in NJSP’s office at (609) 620-6106.

Yours truly,

John P. Sauerman, Director