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CMSI is Proud to Announce its Fifth Cohort of John Smartt Summer Scholars!


Natalie Passov | | 848-932-0728

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., May 2, 2024 – The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) is proud to host the fifth annual John Smartt Summer Scholars Program, an internship program that provides interested master’s students with the opportunity to gain professional experience, network with scholars in the field of higher education, and learn essential research skills related to equity and leadership in higher education.

Today, we're pleased to announce this year's cohort of John Smartt Summer Scholars:

  • Ja’Mareous Thompson, Jackson State University
  • Genoveva Vega, Washington State University
  • Meiyah Hill, University of Dayton

The John Smartt Summers Scholars program is named in honor of CMSI longtime supporter and philanthropist, John Smartt, and seeks to provide ambitious individuals who demonstrate an interest in learning more about Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) with the opportunity to grow academically and professionally. The internship, centered on the scholarship and programs of CMSI, offers interns practical research skills that will help them as they move forward in their careers. In an effort to make the program more accessible, it will be offered virtually.

Scholars will receive generous benefits including faculty mentoring, the opportunity to gain research and administrative experience, and a $2000 stipend. Scholars will also receive a special invitation to attend ELEVATE, CMSI’s professional development program for early-career faculty from MSIs.

Join us in congratulating these scholars on their selection for the JSSS program!


About the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions

The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) brings together researchers and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. CMSI’s goals include: elevating the educational contributions of MSIs; ensuring that they are a part of national conversations; bringing awareness to the vital role MSIs play in the nation’s economic development; increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs; connecting MSIs’ academic and administrative leadership to promote reform initiatives; and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions is part of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice (Proctor Institute) at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. For more information about CMSI, please visit

Thursday, May 2, 2024
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