Welcome to The Chad School Foundation, Inc.

Established in 1991, The Chad School Foundation, Inc. is an education policy and advocacy organization seeking to improve conditions in public school systems serving disadvantaged children. Through the commissioning of research and white papers and convening of key policy and decision makers, the Foundation champions promising efforts to create high-quality public schools. Chad also assists in providing opportunities to alter the life chances of low-income, yet aspiring students through a limited number of academic scholarships

David C. Banks - Eagle Academy


David C. Banks, Founding Principal of the all-male Eagle Academy, addresses a gathering of parents and educational stakeholders from the Newark Community during a Chad event for his new book SOAR. Click the tab to hear Mr. Banks inspire and challenge us all to support efforts to enhance the academic success and character development of boys of color.




Scholarships are available for the 2015 academic year. Please click on the Program tab on this page to access application forms and requirements. Deadline for applications is March 6, 2015.


Chad Scholars Reflect

Recent Developments

The Chad Foundation Makes A Significant Contribution

Towards College Readiness

Newark — On January 29, 2015, the Chad Foundation made a donation of $1000 in support of Abbott Leadership Institute’s development of ten College Success Centers in the Newark Community. This initiative is in support of the goal of the Newark Community Learning Collaborative (NCLC) to increase the percentage of Newark residents with postsecondary degrees and high-quality credentials to 25% by the year 2025.

From right to left is Mr. Junius W. Williams, Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute; Mr. Reginald Lewis, Executive Director, Chad Foundation; and Mr. Lawrence Munroe, Administrator, Chad Foundation.

The Chad Foundation Proudly Co-Sponsored Newark’s Grad Nation Summit on December 11-12, 2014

In line with our goals and objectives to create pathways and opportunities for disadvantaged children in the Newark community, the Chad Foundation joined other stakeholders in co-sponsoring the 2014 GradNation Summit at Rutgers University. Several hundred individuals participated in the two-day forum which examined strategies to improve the city’s graduation rate and re-engage the disconnected youth population.


On October 15, 2014, Chad presented a $5,000 grant award to Eagle Academy in support of the Academy’s afterschool activities, which constitute an essential component of the school’s extended day program. The announcement took place at the Maize Restaurant during Chad’s hosting of a book signing for the Academy’s Founding Principal, David C. Banks. Mr. Banks recently authored SOAR: HOW BOYS LEARN, SUCCEED, AND DEVELOP CHARACTER. The awarding of this grant enables the Foundation to continue the legacy of the former Chad schools by supporting the Eagle Academy Model and other educational strategies producing positive results.

Newark -- On May 28, 2014, Chad hosted its second Annual Scholars Awards Reception at Maize Restaurant, where it recognized four academically-gifted young people and honored one of Newark’s most successful educators.   The 2014 Chad Scholars were each awarded a four-year, $10,000 scholarship:

Chad also presented its second Distinguished Educator Award by bestowing this year’s honor on American History High School Principal, Mr. A. Robert Gregory.  Under his leadership, American History High School has achieved a college-going rate of 97%.
awards 2014

photo caption: Mr. Robert Gregory, Principal, American History High School and 2014 Chad Distinguished Educator; Kim Weeks Johnson, Chad Treasurer and Trustee; Dr. Kia Grundy, Chad Board Chair; Michelle Diaz, Chad Trustee; Naquaisha Rattray, 2014 Chad Scholar; Sofia Ribeiro, 2014 Chad Scholar; Linda Meliani, 2014 Chad Scholar; Joshua Gyimah, 2014 Chad Scholar;  Reginald Lewis, Chad Foundation Executive Director


The Chad School Foundation Special Education Roundtable Report (PDF) June 2013

Roundtable 2013 Photo Gallery

On May 30, 2013, the Chad School Foundation hosted its first Annual Scholars Awards Reception, where it recognized five academically-gifted young people and honored one of Newark’s most successful educators.
Five Newark-area college-bound high school seniors were each awarded a four-year, $10,000 scholarship:

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Chad also inaugurated its first Distinguished Educator Award by bestowing this honor on former Interim Newark Schools Superintendent, Deborah Terrell. Ms. Terrell retired after 32 years of service and a record of accomplishments that include leading two schools that received the coveted national Blue Ribbon School recognition by the United States Department of Education.

The Reception was made possible by the generous support of State Farm, Lowenstein Sandler, City National Bank, Bollinger Insurance, and Noble Strategy, LLC.