Men & Women of Excellence (MWE) Scholars Program

This fall, the Men & Women of Excellence Scholars Program will be a part of an exciting nationwide research study, conducted by Essex County College and MDRC, a non-profit, non-partisan education and social policy research organization. The purpose of this study is to test whether Men & Women of Excellence helps students stay in school and graduate. Students in Men & Women of Excellence will receive personalized coaching, workshops, and even $50 per month during the fall and spring semesters when you stay enrolled full-time and meet with your coach twice a month. This program is designed to help you meet your goal of graduating with your associate degree within three years. If you want to graduate faster, this program could be for you! 
Space in the program is limited and you have a 50% chance of getting in if you apply. This is because we are looking to fill two groups: the regular services group and the Men & Women of Excellence group. MDRC will measure the differences between the two groups of students to understand if the program is helping more students enroll in school full time, take more credits, and graduate faster.    
To be eligible for the program, you must: 
·       Have a high school diploma or GED
·       Be able to complete your degree or certificate in three years or less from the time you join the program
·       Have accumulated 24 or fewer college-level credits before Fall 2020
·       Can enroll in at least 12 credits per fall and spring semesters
·       Fill out the 2020/21 FAFSA form​

Let’s Talk! Come visit us.

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Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

9:00 am to 5:00 pm 


9:00 am to 6:00 pm


Set an appointment here:

Appointment sessions are 30 minutes long and availability depends on office hours.



Phone: 973-877-3596


Location: A. Zachary Yamba Building, Room 3193



Summer 2020: Classes will begin soon!