A program designed to help graduating Montclair High School seniors in financial need head off to college with essentials for their dorm rooms is underway, and applications for the program are invited.

Township Councilman Peter Yacobellis has teamed up with longtime community leader Aminah Toler of Montclair Mutual Aid, Donna Montague and Daniel and Megan Roberts to launch the program. They are calling on call on residents to support it and hope to assist up to 20 seniors headed to college later this summer.

“I want all of our Mounties getting the best start they can without worrying about having some basic essentials that they might not be able to afford with all of the upfront costs of going to college,” Yacobellis said.

Said Toler: “Many families have exhausted their finances with end-of-year high school expenses and additional college expenses, including tuition and books, which leaves little or no resources to help their child(ren) with the basic necessities needed for a dorm room.”

High School seniors or their families can request an application by emailing mhscollegedormkit@gmail.com. The application submission deadline is July 1.

In order to be eligible:

  • The applicant must be a graduating senior from Montclair High School as of June 2022;
  • The applicant and parent/guardian must be residents of Montclair; proof of residential status must be included in the application;
  • The applicant must show proof of acceptance to a college/university as a full-time student;
  • The applicant must show proof of planning to live on campus.

Members of the community are invited to contribute monetarily through a GoFundMe launched by Yacobellis and Toler, gofund.me/c0423534, or assist high school seniors by shopping directly from an Amazon Wish List at amzn.to/39Clq4h. Items can be delivered or dropped off to Tony’s Laundromat, 84 Maple Ave.