The Nicholas R. Scalera Scholarship Fund was established at Seton Hall University in 2007 by its benefactor, a 1963 SHU alumnus. It provides annual scholarships to incoming, transfer or current students from Essex County who demonstrate substantial financial and social needs by qualifying for the University’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).

Students must reside within Essex County (NJ). Preference is given to students who reside in either Newark or Bloomfield; or are now or were previously under the supervision of the N.J. Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), formerly the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS); or are graduates of Seton Hall Preparatory School and alumni of its Griffin Bridges Program. The Scalera Scholarship Fund currently provides up to $5,000 a year to one or more students selected.

Under the agreement with the University, Scalera Scholarships “may be applied for tuition, fees, books, room and board, and any other purpose connected with a student’s attendance at Seton Hall University.”

Biography of Mr. Nicholas R. Scalera

Mr. Scalera holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Seton Hall University and a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.  He served 17 years as Assistant Director and nearly five years as the Director of DYFS and continues to mentor many youths. Since 1995, Mr. Scalera has overseen his own management consulting firm specializing in services to at-risk youth. In 2006, he received Seton Hall’s Humanitarian of the Year Award for his lifelong service to troubled children and families. Mr. Scalera is a member of the President’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts & Sciences and continues to remain an active alumnus of Seton Hall.

“This is a major step towards fulfilling my lifelong dream of offering deserving students of modest means the same opportunity I had to earn a college degree,” Mr. Scalera said. “As the grandchild of Italian immigrants, I was the first member of my family to graduate from prep school, college and graduate school. Thanks to my parents’ hard work and sacrifices, I achieved a quality education. I hope these scholarships will allow students to realize the American promise that educational opportunity should never depend on the extent of a family’s resources.” 

The first Scalera Scholarships were awarded during the 2010 Fall Semester to three students from Newark. Additional scholarships are awarded in succeeding years. During the Fall Semester of each academic year, The Nicholas R. Scalera Scholarship Selection Committee will review and assess all applicants – including current recipients who have not yet graduated – to select that year’s scholarship recipient(s) and determine the level of each award. The Scholarship Selection Committee also will review all applicants and recipients throughout the academic year (as additional funds are made available) to determine if further awards may be provided.   

For those interested in making a contribution, please make your check payable to Seton Hall University and write Scalera Scholarship Fund in the memo line. Please mail all payments to Seton Hall University, Educational Opportunity Program, Alfieri Hall, 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079. Contributions are tax-deductible. For more information, please feel free to contact Mr. Nicholas R. Scalera at or EOP Director, Majid Whitney at or (973) 761-9161.

Application Deadline: October 10, 2016

Applicant Information

To be considered for the Nicholas R. Scalera ('63) Scholarship Fund, please fill in the information below as completely and accurately as possible.

High School Academic Information

College Academic Information

Employment History (Please list any employment that you have had in chronological order (current to past).

How Do You Intend to Use the Scalera Scholarship?

Please indicate how you would utilize Scalera Scholarship Funds if awarded to you (Check all that apply): *

Additional Information

NOTE: If any of the following questions apply, please feel free to provide the appropriate answer.

If a graduate of Seton Hall Preparatory School, were you an alumnus of the Thomas J. Griffin Bridges Program
Are you now or have you ever been under the supervision of the N.J. Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), or its predecessor agency, the N.J. Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS)?

Please prepare a 250 word (or less) essay response to each of the following questions:

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Required Supporting Documents

Please also submit, one (1) copy of your parent(s) or legal guardian’s 2015 federal income tax return transcript, one (1) copy of your 2016-17 bursar bill, and two (2) letters of recommendation along with your application and essay to:

Nicholas R. Scalera Scholarship Selection Committee

Attn: Majid Whitney

Associate Dean/Director, Educational Opportunity Fund Programs

Alfieri Hall, Room 102

Seton Hall University

400 South Orange Avenue

South Orange, NJ 07079

Application Deadline: October 10, 2016


I hereby affirm that the information submitted in this application is accurate and complete, to the best of my knowledge.