Trenton’s Foundation Collegiate Academy Celebrates Graduates’ Bright Futures at Senior Signing Day Ceremony

The Foundation Collegiate Academy Class of 2019 poses together at the conclusion of Senior Signing Day, June 7, 2019.

TRENTON, NJ – On Friday, June 7 at 2 p.m., Foundation Collegiate Academy Charter School (FCA) hosted their Senior Signing Day ceremony. This celebratory event highlighted the graduating high school senior class as they proudly announced their selected colleges and career plans to their friends, family, and greater Trenton community.

“Senior Signing Day is a very special event for our graduating seniors as they publicly celebrate their accomplishments along with their peers, faculty, staff, parents and the community,” said Foundation Collegiate Academy Principal Melissa Campbell. “It’s an important moment and we’re incredibly proud of our graduates.”

Through working hard to maintain strong grades, the Class of 2019 has collectively earned an FCA record-breaking $13.1M in academic scholarships and grants. Adding to this impressive number were winners of additional scholarships not included in the $13.1M total, announced as a surprise near the end of the ceremony. Winners included:

  • Ramses Chan Estrada: The Laura and Louis Widman Literacy Achievement Award
  • Alayna Edouard: Grant Chapel AME Memorial Scholarship
  • Elijah Edu: Ronald C. Brady Scholarship
  • Kimberly Godinez: Jonathan D. Krist Award
  • Ciani Nazario: The American Red Cross High School Scholarship
  • Carla Perez: Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship
Senior Signing Day scholarship winners (L-R): Elijah Edu, Ronald C. Brady Scholarship; Kimberly Godinez, Jonathan D. Krist Award; Ciani Nazario, The American Red Cross High School Scholarship; Carla Perez, Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship; Ramses Chan Estrada, The Laura and Louis Widman Literacy Achievement Award; and Alayna Edouard, Grant Chapel AME Memorial Scholarship.

The FCA Class of 2019’s future plans are as diverse as the graduates themselves, representing a wide range of interests, talents and skills. Students will be pursuing careers in education, nursing, special education, criminal justice, photography, medicine, real estate, aviation, fire science, sociology, anthropology, speech therapy, health and exercise science, early childhood education, social work, computer engineering, biology, mechanical engineering, filmmaking, interactive multimedia, law, architecture and environmental design, biomedical engineering, psychology, mathematics, English, history, business, criminology, and human resources.

In the fall, FCA graduates will be heading to a variety of colleges, including:

  • The College of New Jersey
  • Delaware State University
  • Drew University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Howard University
  • Kean University
  • Mercer County Community College
  • Mercer County Fire Academy
  • Montclair University
  • Morgan State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • University of Richmond
  • Rider University
  • Ringling College of The Arts
  • Rowan College at Burlington County
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University – Camden
  • Stockton University
  • Temple University
  • Tufts University

“These students have worked incredibly hard, and we believe it is important for our school family to acknowledge and celebrate this pivotal moment in the lives of our graduating seniors. Before their official graduation ceremony, Senior Signing Day celebrates them,” said Graig Weiss, CEO of Foundation Academies. “Soon they will all head in different directions; but it is our hope that their experience here at Foundation has prepared them for personal and professional success.”

About Foundation Academies
Foundation Academies is a top-performing public K-12 charter school in Trenton, NJ. Founded in 2007, Foundation Academies is currently serving more than 1,000 students across two campuses. With markedly less funding than Trenton district schools (approx. $6,000 less per pupil), Foundation Academies’ dedicated teachers and scholars are proving that all children, irrespective of race, gender, or socioeconomic background can succeed at a great public school. On state exams, all grades at Foundation Academies are outperforming not just their Trenton peers, but NJ statewide averages as well. Learn more at

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Michelle Lawlor

Michelle Lawlor, Marketing and Communications Associate, spearheads Foundation Academies’ marketing and communication efforts. Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Multimedia Communications from Rider University.