Congratulations to Tomek Botwicz, ’21, who has been accepted to the highly selective New Jersey Scholars Program this summer!

Now in its 44th year, the NJSP takes place on the campus of the Lawrenceville School, and brings together 39 rising seniors from high schools throughout the state for “a free, ungraded, diverse, inclusive, and residential interdisciplinary learning environment that sharpens critical thinking, writing, and research skills, stimulates a desire for life-long learning, and fosters lasting interpersonal connections.”

Guidance counselors at New Jersey high schools are invited to nominate students of extraordinary demonstrated academic potential, with a maximum of two nominees per school each year. Nominees are invited to submit an application, which includes essays, a paper written for a class, a letter of recommendation and a transcript. From this pool, semifinalists are invited to an intensive group interview. In a sign of the times, this year’s interviews were conducted via Zoom rather than on the Lawrenceville campus.

The NJSP curriculum is focused on interdisciplinary education, encouraging students to make connections rather than distinctions between different areas of learning. Working with faculty drawn from colleges and universities around the world, students participate in lectures and small-group seminars, complete extensive reading and research, write essays, and work closely with a faculty member to produce a 10-15 page interdisciplinary research paper relating to the program’s theme for the year. This year’s theme is Mind and Body: The Future of Being Human.

Tomek and the other scholars were informed of their acceptances on Wednesday, and while our current circumstances might make it difficult for any of us to wrap our minds around summer plans at this point, we can all wish him the very best in this academic adventure and offer a note of thanks for some welcome good news!

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