The Fox Scholars Mentorship Program at The College of New Jersey matches students with high-profile mentors in politics and public affairs who introduce them to the public sector and provide career mentorship and networking opportunities. The volunteer mentors include those from in federal, state, local government, and communications, lobbying, and political campaign agencies. Scholars meet government leaders, experience “behind-the-scenes” public sector functions, such as attend budget meetings, and engage professionally with a wide range of individuals who can help with their network building. Scholars are selected through a competitive application process and present their experiences at a panel discussion at the conclusion of their mentorship. The Fox Scholars receive a stipend.
The Scholars Program is an initiative of the James P. Fox Memorial Fund, which was founded in 2017 to create a living legacy to honor New Jersey native Jamie Fox (October 30, 1954 – February 20, 2017), a lifelong public servant whose 40-year career generated many important policy achievements. In February 2018, the James P. Fox Memorial Fund announced the establishment of an academic mentoring program in partnership with The College of New Jersey. The initiative brings to life one of Jamie’s passions: mentoring young people and helping them understand what it takes to succeed in government service. The program’s goal is to provide students with real-life public-sector experience and advice through mentorship and networking opportunities, with the goal of facilitating knowledge of and access to public service employment opportunities.
Fox Scholars receive a $1,000 stipend to participate. Those with or without experience in public affairs are encouraged to apply!
Program components include:
- One-On-One Mentoring: Scholars will be assigned and meet regularly with a mentor. Mentorships are available in federal, state, local government, and communications, lobbying, and political campaign agencies.
- Field-Based Training: Scholars will attend field trips to experience a “behind-the-scenes” view of the public sector.
Scholars are selected by The College of New Jersey’s Political Science Department in conjunction with The James P. Fox Memorial Fund.
Applications are due by November 12, 2021. Please contact Dr. Chartock with any questions.
Congratulations to the 2020 Fox Scholars!!
Economics Major & History Minor
mentored by David Rousseau, former NJ State Treasurer & Current VP Association of Independent College & Universities
African American Studies & Political Science Major
mentored by Kay Elizabeth Li Causi, President & CEO, Hoboken Strategy Group, Inc.
Philosophy Major, Economics Minor, & Classical Studies Minor
mentored by Kevin Hagan, Princeton Public Affairs Group
Political Science Major & Deaf Studies Minor
mentored by Doug Hritz & Danielle Alpert, River Crossing Strategy Group
Interdisciplinary Business, Economics Minor, & Italian Minor
mentored by Justin Braz, Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs for NJ Governor Phil Murphy