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Kindle A Spark Education Foundation

Contact: Jim Ackerman
Director of Development
(732) 545-5600, ext. 237

Kindle A Spark Education Foundation Makes
Major Grant to Rutgers Preparatory School

Last week Ms. Sandra Bidwell, President and Managing Director of the Kindle A Spark Education Foundation announced that the foundation's Grant Committee has recommended and the Trustees have selected Rutgers Preparatory School as the recipient of a $40,000, multi-year scholarship grant. The resulting financial aid of $10,000 each year will go to a talented student from an economically disadvantaged background.

Both the School and the foundation are excited about forming this partnership that will benefit needy and deserving applicants to the Somerset, New Jersey, independent school. Both organizations share a commitment to helping such students and expanding educational opportunities for them. Rutgers Prep offers over 1.3 million dollars in financial aid each year. Through its Community Scholars Program, RPS has been seeking out and assisting local students who are highly disadvantaged since 1985. Other major partners in that effort include Johnson & Johnson, National Starch and Chemical and The Schering-Plough Foundation. This grant will add a Kindle A Spark Education Foundation Scholar to that program.

The Kindle A Spark Education Foundation was created to help underprivileged students take control of their futures through outstanding educational opportunitites. This work was begun by the late Martin D. Levine, a leader in area businesses and philanthropy who was founder and Chief Executive of MarketSource Corporation of Cranbury. Kindle A Spark partners with and provides grants to private, secondary schools as they identify individuals who have the desire and ability to learn…sparks ready to ignite.

Rutgers Preparatory School is the oldest independent school in New Jersey. A PK - 12 day school, RPS enrolls 725 students. Those wishing information about admission to RPS should contact the Admissions Office at 732-545-5600, ext. 231. There are open campus tours all summer on Thursdays at 9:00 A.M.