ATLANTIC CITY – The Stockton University School of Business is partnering with area school districts to offer scholarships to its new summer business academy for rising high school juniors.

Stockton recently reached an agreement with the Asbury Park School District to provide five spots in the 2021 Summer Entrepreneurship and Business Academy to students from Asbury Park High School. The university is also working with other area school districts, including Atlantic City and Pleasantville, to attract students with an interest in business and entrepreneurship.

“We are very excited to partner with Asbury Park in providing this opportunity to students,” said Alphonso Ogbuehi, dean of Stockton School of Business. “The scholarships will provide a valuable experience for promising students to gain first-hand experience in the business world. It will be especially gratifying to recruit students who might not otherwise have the financial means to attend.”

According to Asbury Park Superintendent Sancha K. Gray, the district and the university are each committed to providing access to an array of unique, educational opportunities for students.

“We are so grateful for these scholarships as this real-life experience will serve as an invaluable foundation for our students who seek careers in business,” she said.

Funds for the scholarships are being provided by donors, including the Vin Gopal Civic Association in Monmouth County, which has agreed to sponsor one Asbury Park student.

The residential camp will run July 18-24 at Stockton’s Atlantic City campus. The 24 participants will live in the Residential Complex on the Boardwalk and learn about accounting, business analytics, computer information systems, finance management, marketing and hospitality. The program includes planned field trips to Philadelphia and the Federal Reserve Bank, meetings with area business leaders, and a business plan competition.

The cost of the camp is $1,300, but Ogbuehi said they hope to have enough sponsors to provide scholarships for all 24 participants this year.

More information on SEBA is online at or contact Tara Marsh at or 609-626-3646. Schools interested in participating in the program should also contact Marsh.

Donors interested in sponsoring a student, can contact Jennifer Kosakowski at the Stockton Foundation at 609 652-4789, or

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.