PUPP is a rigorous, academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low-income high school students from local districts. Our multi-year, tuition-free program, which starts in the spring of 10th grade, prepares participants for admission to and ongoing success within selective colleges and universities.
Students are selected to become PUPP Scholars during the spring of their freshmen year of high school. PUPP currently partners directly with six high schools in the Mercer County, NJ region: Ewing High School, Lawrence High School, Nottingham High School (Hamilton, NJ), Princeton High School and Trenton Central High School. Students must attend one of these schools in order to be eligible for the program. Acceptance into PUPP is contingent upon a student’s academic record, state exam scores (PARCC), a writing sample, house-hold income, and their performance in a small group interview, leadership potential, and commitment to pursuing higher education. The recruitment process takes place during the spring of 9th grade, with applications available on March 1st each year.