In early March, the Rutgers-Newark Scholars Workshops Program held its sixth workshop and photoshoot for student scholarship recipients at the Shine Portrait Studio in Express Newark.
The scholars workshops program was started three years ago. "We wanted to better engage with our scholarship students at Rutgers-Newark," said Nancy Masterson-Newkirk, Donor Relations and Stewardship Officer at Rutgers-Newark.
The workshops are held every fall and spring to give the students a chance to learn about private philanthropy and the generosity of Rutgers donors. It also gives them an opportunity to express their gratitude directly to the donors. The students also receive professional headshots they can use for their LinkedIn and other profiles.
This spring, two SASN alumni spoke to the students about their experiences at Rutgers and as part of the Rutgers University Foundation summer internship program, which led to their current careers. "Even if one thing I do in a day makes a difference in someone's life, I know that I've done something meaningful," said Sean P. Howard, '17, who graduated with a B.A. in African American and African Studies and is currently Leadership Giving Officer at RBHS.
Marina Costa, '17, who majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice, said she always knew she wanted to make a difference, but didn't know what that might look like until she accepted an internship with the Rutgers University Foundation, where she is now a Development Events Specialist. "I've been impacted by philanthropy my entire life and I just never knew how to mesh my life with something professional."