Alfredo Santiago/LEAP College Scholarship Fund


The Rutgers University Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship was established in 1999 by CLC Director Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago in loving memory of her husband Alfredo Santiago and with the goal to increase the number of children in Camden who attend college.

The Scholarship provides financial assistance to LEAP Academy University Charter School graduates who enroll full-time at one of Rutgers University’s three campuses. In 2002, the Scholarship received a donation from TD Bank (formerly Commerce Bank) to create the TD Bank Alfredo Santiago Scholarship, which also supports students attending colleges outside Rutgers.

Since 2005 the Alfredo Santiago Scholarship has made it possible for 46 students from Camden to attend college.  In a city where only 5.5% of adults hold a bachelor’s or professional degree and only 51% hold a high school diploma, there is an urgent need for greater access to and greater affordability of higher education for Camden youth. 

 As of January, 2016 $1,700,000 has been raised to support minority students attending Rutgers University. To support the fund, or attend our annual Gala in December, click here.


Sila Calderon Fund

The Sila Calderon Fund provides the Community Leadership Center at Rutgers University in Camden with a $500,000 endowment. The endowment supports lectures, graduate fellowships, research and scholarly activities in the areas of community building, leadership and capacity building, transparency in government, ethics and social justice. It is possible for others to contribute to the Sila Calderon Fund by sending your gift to:

Rutgers University Foundation
Attn: Sila Calderon Endowed Fund
Winants Hall, 7 College Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903