OceanFirst Scholarship Program

“I am so proud of my son for receiving this scholarship and earning the generosity from OceanFirst Foundation. We really like the idea of this scholarship supporting local kids and local schools” – Desirae, Parent of 2019 Recipient


OceanFirst Foundation has a long-standing tradition of supporting higher education. Each year, the Foundation awards grants to local Colleges and Universities in the OceanFirst footprint for the purpose of awarding scholarships. In the ten years of the OceanFirst Scholarship Program, $2.6 million in grants have been awarded enabling more than 1,800 students from central and southern New Jersey to pursue their dream of an education.

In 2020, $400,000 has been awarded to our partner schools – Atlantic Cape Community College, Brookdale Community College, Georgian Court University, Monmouth University, Ocean County College, Rowan College South Jersey – Cumberland Campus, Rowan University and Stockton University – to provide scholarships for direct educational expenses to students in any year of undergraduate study. Each College/University will award students a total of $50,000 in OceanFirst Scholarships. OceanFirst Scholarship recipients at Community Colleges will each receive $1,000 awards and students at attending private Universities will each receive $2,500 awards.

Each College/University evaluates all scholarship applications and selects recipients based on the College/University’s existing policies and procedures for awarding scholarships.  Selection decisions are made completely independent of OceanFirst Foundation.  Representatives from OceanFirst Bank and OceanFirst Foundation, including all employees and board members, do not participate in the selection process.

Click here for a copy of the 2020 OceanFirst Scholarship application.

Please Plan Ahead

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE – The deadline to apply for a 2020 scholarship has been extended to July 1, 2020. 

Information for Grantseekers

If you or your organization is seeking a grant, you’ll want to determine if your project fits within our four core priority areas: Health and Wellness, Housing, Improving Quality of Life, and Youth Development and Education. Give us a call to chat about your ideas and we’ll guide you in the right direction to best strengthen our communities. Learn More