Thanks to the Kaplan Leadership Program, Hostos Community College graduate Ndongo Njie has been accepted to Princeton University.
The Leadership Program is part of the Kaplan Educational Foundation, and assists high-potential, low-income, and underrepresented community college students in completing their associate’s degrees and transferring to four-year institutions. The program provides extensive tutoring, academic advisement services, leadership and career training, stipends for living expenses, and other resources and support.
Njie graduated from Hostos Community College in January 2022. He is the first Kaplan Leadership Scholar to be accepted to Princeton University. During his time at Hostos he was elected to Phi Theta Kappa, the International College Honors Society, and received the 2021 Environmental Stewardship and Community Service Award and the General Academic Excellence Fund. Njie was one of eleven Kaplan Scholars in this year’s cohort.
“I’m delighted by the news,” Hostos President Daisy Cocco De Filippis said. “Ndongo’s talents and determination to excel are impressive. Princeton will provide further opportunities for learning and for growth — and I know Ndongo will make the most of them.”
The Kaplan Educational Foundation eliminates barriers to post-secondary education for historically underrepresented low-income Black and Latinx students of exceptional academic merit attending community colleges.