Five New Jersey schools awarded Verizon innovative learning grants to enhance STEM education

Five New Jersey schools are recent recipients of highly competitive Verizon Innovative Learning Grants designed to accelerate innovative learning opportunities in under-resourced schools.

The winners are:

  • Nathan Hale School in Carteret
  • Academy of Urban Leadership Charter High School in Perth Amboy
  • High Tech High School in North Bergen
  • Paulsboro High School in Paulsboro
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community School in Atlantic City

This program is a part of Verizon’s commitment to the White House’s ConnectED initiative. The company has pledged up to $100 million in cash and in-kind contributions over three years as part of this program. Each school was awarded $20,000 for the 2015-16 school year to support and better engage students’ interest and understanding in STEM subjects.

John P. Szeliga, an external affairs director for Verizon New Jersey, presents a check to the AULCS for an innovation grant.
From Left to Right: Noelia Colon (Board Member), Robert Fink, (Board Member, VP), Eloisa Hernandez, (Board Member, President), Dr. Néstor Collazo (Lead Person) John P. Szeliga (Verizon), Wilda Diaz (Perth Amboy Mayor), Edgardo Galleno (Board Member), Lou Vargas (Board Member)

“Verizon understands America’s need for a diverse, skilled technology workforce,” said Samuel Delgado, vice president of external affairs for Verizon New Jersey. “Today, too few young people in New Jersey are prepared to play a meaningful role in the tech-based economy, and that’s especially true for women and minorities.

“The grants are being used to help students have increased access to technology as a powerful tool to create more exciting, hands-on and experiential learning environments,” Delgado added.

The grants will help the schools launch or accelerate STEM programs that incorporate experiential learning, train teachers on the effective use of mobile technology to help increase student achievement, and create more personalized learning environments to help students succeed.

The national grant program is open to any public elementary, middle or high school in the United States in which at least 70 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Learn more about Verizon’s commitment to New Jersey at



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