OceanFirst Scholarship Program

“By awarding me the OceanFirst Scholarship you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, which is learning and being able to obtain my career goals. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me. ” –  Atlantic Cape Community College Student Recipient 2020 


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 eleven years of the OceanFirst Scholarship Program, $3 million has been awarded enabling more than 2,100 students from central and southern New Jersey to pursue their dream of higher education.

In 2020, $400,000 was 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 awarded students a total of $50,000 in OceanFirst Scholarships. OceanFirst Scholarship recipients at Community Colleges received $1,000 awards and students attending private Universities received $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 closed on July 1, 2020. Please check back in January 2021 for details on the availability of 2021 Scholarship assistance. 

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