NBEF is hosting an exciting virtual platform on Thursday, January 28, 2021 that will provide New Brunswick High School and New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School juniors, seniors and alumni (who are enrolled in colleges, universities, and vocational institutes; and are young professionals) with a motivational speaker, workshops, panel discussions, and fireside chats that will inspire and empower them in their educational, career and life pursuits. This extraordinary event will also entail lots of great raffle prizes including Gift Cards (Visa, Amazon, Restaurants, Walmart, etc.) and, of course, NBEF SCHOLARSHIPS!!! You don’t want to miss this dynamic virtual experience.



Carlos Ojeda Jr. has been called one of the most dynamic youth empowerment speakers in America today.

A former university administrator, professor and small business development center director, he now focuses his energy on empowering young people to succeed by instilling in them that their voice is their power.

“Your voice is your power, with your voice you can ask questions, questions give you answers,
answers give you knowledge, and knowledge gives you power.”


All Led By NBHS And NBHSTHS Alumni

All Providing Insight, Tips And Pointers
On College And Career Readiness

All Including Great Raffle Prizes Especially
NBEF College Scholarships!!!

“GEARing UP For College: Tips For Success”

For NBHS and NBHSTHS Juniors

Presenters: College Students Who Are Alumni of NBHS and NBHSTHS

“This Dynamic Panel of Alumni Will Share Their Experiences, Insights, and Wisdom”

Facilitated By The NBHS AVID Program

“Applying For Scholarships & Joining NBEF’s Network”

For NBHS and NBHSTHS Seniors


Emmanuel Ford, Esq. - NBEF Founder/Executive Director
Bobbie Brown, MSW - NBEF Board President

Come Join In This Workshop And Learn How To Apply For NBEF Scholarships!!!

This session will also apprise participants of resources and services that will assist them with their college pursuits.

“Making The Grade … Building A Network … Landing A Career”

For NBHS and NBHSTHS Alumni 
(Enrolled in Colleges, Universities and Vocational Institutes)

Come Join In A Conversation With Accomplished “Near Peers” Who Will Share
What They’ve Learned From Their College, Grad School, and Career Journeys


Abiola Eisape (NBHS Grad) is a Program Manager-Supplier Diversity for Google where she is based in Chicago, Ill. She is a Rutgers University graduate having obtained her Bachelors degree in Engineering with a concentration in Applied Sciences/Industrial Engineering. Her career has also entailed her having served as Operations Department Leader for Proctor & Gamble, Network Operations Center (NOC) Technician for Verizon Wireless, and Packaging Engineer for Bath & Body Works.

Alexander Lopez-Perez (NBHSTHS Grad) is a Fulbright Fellow Scholar in which he taught English and hosted an education driven radio show in Indonesia. He was later elevated to Orientation Committee Lead/Director with the Fulbright Association. Alexander has a degree in English Education and is currently pursing a Masters in Elementary Education (both from Rutgers University). He served as a Teacher Intern for the New Brunswick Public Schools and is now advancing his career teaching English & Creative Writing at Bound Brook High School in Bound Brook, NJ.

Ashley Lopez (NBHSTHS Grad) is a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Rutgers University-Newark School of Nursing this past May. Prior to earning her degree and nursing license, Ashley worked as a Patient Care Technician at Saint Peter’s and performed a variety of tutoring, teaching and research assistant roles for the Rutgers-Newark campus’ Office of Academic Success, School of Nursing, and Equal Opportunity Fund.

Emmanuel Johnson (NBHS Grad) is a Fulbright Fellow Scholar who studied abroad at the University of Birmingham in England obtaining a Master’s degree in Robotics after graduating from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering. In addition, he is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, and will obtain a doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Southern California in May 2021 with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence (“A.I.”). Emmanuel’s work has already been published in many of the leading A.I. conferences and journals.

Juan Manuel Romero (NBHSTHS Grad) is currently excelling in a joint MD/Ph.D. Program at Baylor University in Texas. Upon completing his studies, he will become both a Medical Doctor and Scientist. Juan acquired his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University with a major in Biological Sciences and Associate degree from Middlesex County with a major in Biology. His career development also entailed (during a gap year between college and med school) work in a biotech lab and conducting research in the neurologic complications of AIDS.

Rossie La Torre Torres (NBHS Grad) is a Human Resources Partner with Amazon. She obtained a degree from Rutgers University with a major in Human Resources Management and Personnel Management; and minor in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. Her experience also entails working as a Human Resources Administrative Assistant with CoWorx Staffing Services and, while in college, she performed internships as an Information Assistant with the Rutgers University Foundation and Livingston Student Center.

“Workforce Diversity & Inclusion: A Conversation & Action Steps”

For NBHS And NBHSTHS Alumni Who are Young Professionals,
Grad School Students and College Upperclassmen


Sharonda Weatherspoon

Senior VP of Stores and Co-Chair For Diversity & Inclusion
Ralph Lauren

Come join in a fireside chat with Sharonda Weatherspoon, Senior Vice President and Co-Chairperson for Diversity and Inclusion at Ralph Lauren; and a proud alumnus of New Brunswick High School. During this session we will spend time discussing some of the leading diversity and inclusion initiatives that companies are prioritizing. 

The conversation will explore aspects of social justice, equity, and other norm changing action steps. It will also be a sampling into NBEF’s next forum that will focus on micro aggressions and what it means to be an ally.  

Frequently Asked Questions

New Brunswick High School and New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School juniors, seniors and alumni (who are enrolled in colleges, universities and vocational institutes; or are young professionals).

Also invited are the New Brunswick Public School District’s Board of Education, Administrators, Teachers and Staff, Parents/Guardians, NBEF Sponsors, Scholarship Donors, Community Partners and Friends. These great partners of NBEF are welcome to attend all the Virtual Platform’s activities that take place prior to the start of the workshops and panel discussions.
Yes … ABSOLUTELY … we want everyone to spread the word about this incredible event. However, your friends or whoever you invite must be either a New Brunswick High School or New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School junior, senior or alumnus as noted above in the answer to question 1.
Business attire is not required. Participants are welcome to dress CASUAL as it’s anticipated that many (if not all) will engage in this innovative event at home or in a dormitory room.
An exciting virtual journey that will be inspiring, informative, and fun!!! Participants will experience one of the most dynamic youth empowerment speakers in the country; partake in an enlightening and encouraging workshop or panel discussion with peers, and have opportunities to win great prizes that NBEF is well known for … including Gift Cards such as Visa, Amazon, Restaurants, and many others) and College Scholarships!!!
NBEF is a leading college scholarship provider having awarded a total of $606,700.00 in scholarships exclusively to New Brunswick High School and New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School graduates since 2007. In addition, through its College & Young Professional Network component, NBEF offers career development coaching/mentoring, and training that helps equip New Brunswick youth with skills and confidence to strive for excellence in their educational, career and life pursuits.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in NBEF’s Virtual Platform. You only need to have access to the Internet.
Your login information is the email address and password you provided during registration. To login, simply use those details.