Who We Are:

Founded in 2020, the Camden Fellows is a support program for students accepted into the Rutgers University - Camden campus who are current or former foster care youth with lived experience in the child welfare system as an adolescent.
We work to provide a supportive community on the RU-C campus where the Camden Fellows cohort is encouraged and celebrated as they reach their full potential. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • A nurturing environment where fellows can expect to receive quality and supportive coaching on a one-on-one basis
  • Educational workshops to help fellows realize their educational, career, and personal goals
  • Access to funds for textbooks
  • Assistance in accessing additional resources and opportunities such as housing and internships
  • Engagement in a community of supportive peers and adults
Program Eligibility:
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18-24 at the time of application
  • Be accepted as a full-time student at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden campus
  • Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Have previous or current involvement with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly DYFS) or any state child welfare agency after the age of 13

Cecily White, Senior Program Coordinator

Ms. Cecily White is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Camden Fellows program at Rutgers-Camden. Cecily comes to the Camden community after 10 years working in youth development and mentoring in her time at Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, and Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, where she created and launched a college access and success program for their alumni. She received her bachelor’s degree from Goucher College, and her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in School & Mental Health Counseling. Cecily is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a K-12 School Counseling Certificate.






The Camden Fellows are grateful to their funders for their generous contributions and for making this program possible.