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The Sonny William Gaddy Jr. Scholarship Program

The Sonny William Gaddy Jr. Scholarship was created in honor of Sonny Gaddy Jr. or "JR" as his family called him. There are 3 scholarships in his name, a $500 book scholarship, a $2,500 entrepreneur scholarship, and college preparation baskets.

Currently Accepting Applications 

Book Scholarship $500

Apply for the Sonny William Gaddy, Jr. Book Scholarship! This scholarship honors the legacy of a dedicated Science Park High alumnus and recognizes students who embody hard work and dedication.

Applications deadline is June 15, 2024. 

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Sonny Gaddy Jr. 

Sonny William Gaddy Jr. was a highly motivated and determined young man. He was laser focused on empowering our youth with the understanding that their success in life would be determined by their calculated and strategic movements. As an alumnus of Science Park High School, this book scholarship recognizes students who understand the importance of hard work and dedication. This year we will be nominating THREE high school seniors to receive an award of $500 towards college book expenses. If you are interested, please complete the application below and be sure to provide any additional supporting documentation.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:


  • Newark Resident

  • High school senior from Science Park High School or a high school in the South Ward of Newark  

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5

  • Complete application and essay question

  • Provide copy of official transcript

Previous Awardees

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