Eight Elite UCNJ Scholars Selected to Participate in Princeton University Program

Cranford, NJ – Eight UCNJ Union College of Union County, NJ students have been selected to participate in Princeton University’s Transfer Scholars Initiative summer program. This highly selective program offers an exceptional opportunity for students to take courses at Princeton for free.

From June 29 through August 16, eight UCNJ students will enroll in a full-time, eight-week academic curriculum, taking two credit-bearing Princeton courses at no cost to the student. When not in classes, students have the opportunity to connect with Princeton faculty, students, and receive transfer success programing to guide them for transferring after completing their associate degree at UCNJ. Transfer Scholars also receive a stipend to cover expenses, including travel, and will be able to live on campus. The eight scholars from UCNJ attending the summer intensive at Princeton are:

  • Nyiera Eliscar, from Linden, studying early childhood elementary education
  • Luis Fiallos, of Plainfield, majoring in engineering
  • Roger Fortunato, from Newark, studying computer science
  • Izabella Kopacz, from Summit, majoring in visual arts
  • Angel Maldonado, of Elizabeth, pursuing a liberal studies degree
  • Danielle Marie Baez, from Elizabeth, studying architecture
  • Omowonuola Oyedele, from Woodbridge, pursuing a degree in engineering, and
  • Laura Shubert, of Springfield, majoring in architecture

“We are incredibly proud of our eight student-scholars who were selected to attend the Princeton summer program. Their acceptance is a testament to their hard work and the high-quality education they have received at UCNJ. This opportunity will contribute to their continued success, and we cannot wait to see what their next steps will be in their academic journey,” stated UCNJ President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin.

For more information on Princeton’s Summer Intensive program, go to https://tsi-ebcao.princeton.edu/.

UCNJ is a public, comprehensive community college that provides quality, affordable, accessible educational programs to the greater Union County region. It is the first of New Jersey’s 18 two-year colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College offers a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities. UCNJ provides many experiential learning opportunities such as access to a Bloomberg Business Center, Innovation Center, and Student Research hub. Additionally, students at UCNJ attend one of the top 10 community colleges in the country for 2025 as designated by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. To learn more, visit www.ucc.edu.