Student Leadership Programs

Student leadership is an important part of the college experience. Leadership helps develop skills to be used during your time at Atlantic Cape, at your transfer institution, in your future employment and within your community. In addition to programs within the Student Government Association and Student Clubs, the Counseling and Support Services area offers additional opportunities for entering freshmen and current students to engage in leadership activities.

Student ACCESS Scholarship and Grant-In-Aid Program

The Student Access Scholarship and Grant-In-Aid program identifies and develops new student leaders by providing leadership training and opportunities. The primary goal of the program is to encourage incoming students who have demonstrated leadership ability the opportunity to utilize their leadership skills during their first year of enrollment. Applicants can self-identify or be recommended by their high school principal, counselor or community leader.

The ACCESS Program offers scholarships and grant-in-aid awards varying from $400 to $600, contingent on the availability of funds and the number of applicants. Eligible students receive the award in two installments: one during the fall semester and one during spring semester. The Scholarship and Grant-in-Aid award will help defray the cost of the first year of college while encouraging students to be active in the community.

ACCESS Scholarship Application

Peer Leaders Program

The Office of Counseling and Support Services aspires to enhance student leadership and student involvement through a peer leadership program. Our mission is to create a welcoming environment for all of our students through unique peer relationships.

Through these endeavors this program will ultimately increase first year student retention rates as well as enhance their willingness to excel in the academic and student leadership arena. The mentor/mentee relationship contributes to the overall success of students at Atlantic Cape Community College.

Marjorie Ward Leaders Scholarship

The Marjorie Ward Leaders Scholarship offers full tuition* at Atlantic Cape for two years to selected, entering freshman who are graduates of a Cape May County high school. Students should be academically well prepared and show leadership potential as evidenced by school, community, civic or athletic activities. To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Cape May County resident who graduated from a Cape May County high school within the year in which you apply
  • show leadership potential as evidenced by participation in extracurricular activities
  • apply for admission and enroll as a full-time student at Atlantic Cape by deadline date
  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • earn a high school GPA of 2.5 or better

Marjorie Ward Scholars must complete 24 or more credits with a GPA of 2.5 or better at Atlantic Cape and perform a minimum of 20 hours of college or community service per semester to remain eligible for the scholarship during the second year.

*Equal to approximately $1,000 a semester; $4,000 for the two years. Fees not included.

For Additional Information

Paula Stewart Davis, Director (609) 343-5091

Men of Atlantic Cape

The recruitment, retention and graduation rate of African-American males in college is a growing concern for all colleges and universities. Atlantic Cape Community has addressed this issue by creating a support group for this population. The group has scheduled meetings throughout the year where they discuss issues that may interfere with the achievement of their academic goals. The group is also exposed to information and skills that will enhance their potential for success through workshops, seminars, leadership training and a retreat.

For Additional Information

Michael Forest, Counselor, Student Support Services (609) 343-5614