AC Mayor Marty Small Announces Scholarships for 100 Atlantic City Students


Atlantic City mayor announces scholarship at Atlantic City High School on May 10. Photo by City of Atlantic City.

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ATLANTIC CITY — Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr., announced Wednesday details of the Mayor Marty Small, Sr. Scholarship that will initially be awarded to 100 Atlantic City residents.

The first 50 scholarships of $10,000 each ($5,000 per semester) will go to current Atlantic City High School seniors who live in Atlantic City. An additional 50 scholarships of $10,000 each ($5,000 per semester) will be awarded to incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors currently in college who graduated from Atlantic City High School and reside in Atlantic City.

All applicants must fill out and submit an application, a one-page resume, a one-page essay explaining how they will contribute to bettering Atlantic City and obtain two letters of recommendation. Current seniors applying must have an acceptance letter from an accredited higher educational institution. There are no GPA requirements.

The scholarship is a $3-million commitment over the next three years. The money comes from the Addressing Educational Disparity category of American Rescue Plan funds Atlantic City has received. The city received $33-million in ARP money, half used last year, and half for this year.

 “Youth is a priority of my administration,” said Small. “It is extremely important to provide our youth with the necessary resources to allow them to succeed. This scholarship allows us to invest in our children, and have those same children get educated and return to the City of Atlantic City to better themselves. Any parent that has had to put their kids through college will wish they had this opportunity afforded to them.”

Dr. La’Quetta Small, Small’s wife and superintendent of the Atlantic City School District, is co-chair of the scholarship committee with City of Atlantic City employee Pamela Fields.

“We are extremely grateful for the mayor’s generous investment and commitment to the students of Atlantic City High School,” said La’Quetta Small. “Attending college can have a tremendous financial impact on families, so we are humbled that Mayor Small is thinking about our students. We ask all students who are eligible to take advantage of this opportunity.”

A scholarship committee led by Mayor Small will review applications and decide who will be awarded a scholarship but the mayor’s office said he will not be part of the selection process.

Along with La’Quetta Small and Fields, other committee members include:

  • Toro Aboderin, City Chief Financial Officer
  • Stephanie Marshall, City Council
  • Christina Noble, City Director of Youth Services
  • Milton Chowdhury, City Multicultural Services Employee, Atlantic City Bangladesh Community
  • Bert Lopez, Hispanic Association of Atlantic County
  • Richard Ney, Venice Park Civic Association
  • John Randall, First Ward Civic Association
  • Lisa Givens, Westside Neighborhood Association
  • Helen Kioukis, Chelsea Neighborhood Association
  • Alex Marino, Stockton University
  • Maryam Sarhan, Atlantic City NAACP
  • Dr. Natalie Devonish, Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Chaia Jennings, Atlantic City High School Guidance Counselor
  • Bishop Robert Hargrove, Fellowship of Churches of Atlantic City and Vicinity

The application can be found on the City of Atlantic City website, Applications, along with all required material, can be submitted via email at, mailed to the Mayor’s Office at 1301 Bacharach Blvd., Suite 706, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, or dropped off in person at the Mayor’s Office on the 7th floor of City Hall. The deadline to apply is June 5.

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