The Vision

The Griffin Bridges Program provides educational, financial, and social support to enable academically talented, financially limited young men from the Greater Newark area to attend Seton Hall Preparatory School. The Griffin Bridges Program is specifically designed to meet the needs of inner-city young men, regardless of race or creed, by providing them an environment where they can learn, develop, and realize their full potential.
 

The Network

In addition to a four-year commitment in financial aid, scholars and their families are provided with a formal and extensive support network which includes:
  • Alumni and Corporate Mentors
  • Peer Big Brothers 
  • Four-Year Counselor/ Social Worker
  • Dedicated Full-Time Program Director
 

The Results

The Griffin Bridges Program has successfully supported 100 young men in its 25 years. Over this course of time every commencement and academic award that Seton Hall Prep bestows on graduation has been represented by a Griffin Bridges scholar.

The Program Also Includes

In addition to a four-year commitment in financial aid, scholars and their families are provided with a formal and extensive support network which includes:

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  • An Alumni and Corporate Mentoring Program

    Seton Hall Prep alumni and local companies who volunteer, provide guidance, and are readily available to Griffin Bridges Scholars. The mentor-student relationship is intended to motivate the student not only to succeed academically, but also to gain a more positive perspective on his potential in life by helping students explore various career options and acting as a soundboard for students' ideas. GRIFFIN BRIDGES MENTOR APPLICATION
  • Peer “Big Brother” Program

    Big Brothers provide day-to-day support for Freshman and Sophomore Griffin Bridges Scholars. Some of the specific responsibilities include: establishing a standing appointment with their "Little Brothers" twice a week, provide tutoring and academic support when needed, and keeping a positive outlook in order to help build self-esteem and confidence. Scholars become Big Brothers in the Program during their Junior and Senior Year.
  • A Four-Year Counselor/Social Worker

    Griffin Bridges is fortunate to have, as part of the Program, a full time counselor who is also a social worker. His role is to support the Director in his efforts to promote the overall health and success of our Scholars. He provides four-year counseling, academic support, and college placement services. He also is a resource and support for the scholars' families, Big Brothers, and mentors.
  • A Full-Time Program Director

    The Program Director is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Program. He facilitates all the activities necessary to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Program are met. He maintains a relationship with non-profit and service organizations operating within the students' communities in order to expand the Program's network, thus maximizing opportunity for students in the Griffin Bridges Program.
  • The Griffin Bridges Advisory Committee

    The Griffin Bridges Advisory Committee
    The Griffin-Bridges Advisory Committee is a group of committed individuals who volunteer their time to assist with all the aspects of the program. In addition to attending our functions, the group meets several times a year to work on program policy, fundraising, event planning, decision-making and plotting the future of the program. They are the core support group for Griffin Bridges.

    Ex-Officio Members
     
    Msgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57, President
    Msgr. Robert Harahan, Headmaster
    Dr. James Incardona, Assistant Headmaster
    Chris Barnitt ’88, Director of School Counselor & Social Worker
    Matthew Cannizzo ’90, Director of Institutional Advancement
    Michael Zinsmeister, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
     
    Senior Advisors
     
    Walt McMahon, History Dept. Chair, former Asst. Headmaster
    Joe Walsh ‘61, Former President of Amelior Foundation
     
    The Committee
     
    Chair
    Lt. Ronald S. Glover, Public Information Unit Newark Police Department
     
    Co-Chair
    Dorrie Gagnon, Chief Executive Officer, Gagnon Inc.
     
    • Thomas Conigliaro, IHS Markit, Former Managing Director of Brokerage & Research
    • Richard Greene ’90, East Orange Board of Education Social Worker
    • Jeffrey S. Hersh, Managing Director, The Fidelco Group
    • Lora B. Hersh, Account Director, New Frontier
    • Kelli Hutchinson H’08, Surviving Daughter of the late Thomas J. Griffin
    • Shavar Jeffries ‘92, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler (1st Graduate of Griffin Bridges Scholarship, Pre-Program)
    • Nina Mitchell-Wells, Esq., H’03, Former Secretary of State for New Jersey
    • Samuel Stoia, Esq., Samuel J. Stoia, Attorney At Law, LLC
    • M. Randall Strickland ‘80, Director, Cornerstone Capital Group

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  • Who is an ideal candidate?

    In order to be considered for acceptance into the Griffin Bridges Program, students must be residents of the Greater Newark area. An ideal candidate must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement through his elementary school education. A candidate must show great interest in his own education, possess personal motivation, demonstrate the ability to work as a team player, and exhibit a genuine desire to be a part of the Seton Hall Prep community. Eligible candidates for the Griffin Bridges Program typically score within the top 50% of all eighth graders applying to Seton Hall Prep on their Entrance Exam.
     
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Admissions Information

Apply via the online Griffin Bridges Application, and contact The Griffin Bridges Office, by phone at 973.325.PREP, ext. 6784 or by email at: griffinbridges@shp.org.

PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR.

In order to be considered for admission to Seton Hall Preparatory School for the 9th grade, an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:
  • Complete and submit the Seton Hall Prep Application for Admission along with the $70 application fee.
  • Take the official Seton Hall Preparatory School Entrance Examination. Please note that the test will take place on November 9 & 23 and December 14, but to be considered for the Griffin Bridges Program applicants MUST take the Nov. 9 or 23 exam. 
  • Students are encouraged to participate in the Freshman for a Day program where they shadow a current 9th grader.
  • Final step to be considered for admission into the program: ALL applicants MUST be interviewed by the Griffin Bridges Program Committee. 
Important Dates
  • Complete SHP Application: OPEN NOW
  • TAKE THE TEST: Nov. 9 or Nov. 23
  • Schedule Interview: You will be contacted to set up your interview if you meet the program requirements.

Our Results

The results are palpable. The Griffin Bridges Program has successfully enrolled and graduated over 100 young men in the last 25 years. Over this course of time every commencement and academic award that Seton Hall Prep bestows on graduation has been represented by a Griffin Bridges student—Valedictorian, the Award for Academic Excellence, subject area medallions for excellence in Calculus, History, Theology, Language, Humanities, Art, and Literary Achievement, among others. The list of universities attended by these graduates reads like a list of the countries most competitive colleges and universities—Princeton, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Pratt, Villanova, Duke, Kenyon, and more. We are also proud to report that our Program Alumni are giving back to their local communities and the inner-city as professionals, sponsors, mentors, advisory committee members, volunteers, and teachers.

Our Impact

With 100% of its Scholars accepted to four year colleges, Griffin Bridges is changing the paradigm for male students from the inner-city. Seton Hall Prep and Griffin Bridges wishes to continue its commitment to young men who want to succeed.

Twenty years after its inception, Griffin Bridges continues to connect young men from the inner city to opportunity and success.

For more information please contact:
The Griffin Bridges Program
Seton Hall Preparatory School
120 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey 07052
Phone: 973.325.PREP, ext. 6784
Email: griffinbridges@shp.org
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