About ELSP

About the Engelberg Leadership Scholarship Program:

The Engelberg Leadership Scholarship Program covers full tuition, room, board and other expenses for a select number of students who exhibit both exceptional academic ability and a commitment to civic learning. More specifically, they must be willing to contribute to the revitalization of Atlantic City, New Jersey, for which Stockton was designated an anchor institution by the state in 2016. ELSP will be a three-cohort, five-year pilot program for up to 4 students per year. Each cohort will participate in: a summer orientation; a common curriculum; professional development activities throughout the academic year; a structured internship in Atlantic City (that pairs ELSP scholars with local mentors, politicians, and business leaders); and a collaborative entrepreneurial project.


Cohorts of the Engelberg Leadership Scholarship Program

Engelberg Leadership Scholarship Program Scholars
Yamirah Williams, Lynn Tran, Ivett Carrasco, Steven Blythe, Loukaia Taylor, Bao Pham, Karen Palaez Moreno, Dylan Nhan, Shakila Riaz, Abu Shahariah, Jetzaly Gonzalez, Magdalena Nunez-Martinez, Sangida Huda and Mariela Maldonado


Alfred and Gail Engelberg
Alfred and Gail Engelberg at Stockton University Atlantic City

Meet the Donors:

Alfred Engelberg moved to Atlantic City in 1946 when he was six years old. His parents and sister were Jewish refugees who were fortunate to leave Germany in October 1938. His mother was a seamstress who eventually opened her own tailoring and dress shop, and his father was a janitor at Atlantic City Electric. Engelberg graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1956. He went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Drexel University and a law degree from New York University, and subsequently enjoyed a highly successful career as a patent lawyer. He credits his childhood in Atlantic City for providing him with the tools for a successful life. Engelberg was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to attend college. This experience provided an indelible lesson in the importance of philanthropy to creating opportunity. The Engelbergs believe the opening of Stockton University’s campus in Atlantic City was a pivotal moment in the city’s history and worked with the institution to create a comprehensive scholarship program for local residents with financial need and the potential for leadership, with the goal of producing future generations of community leaders.

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