New Jersey Department of Education

Career and Technical Education Scholar Award Program (CTE SAP)

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is pleased to announce the upcoming opportunity for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with approved CTE programs of study to participate in the CTE Scholar Award Program (CTE SAP) to recognize outstanding CTE students throughout New Jersey. This recently approved legislation P.L. 2023,c.47, establishes an annual recognition of student achievements to highlight the importance of CTE to meet the needs of business and industry for high-skill and trained workers. Four criteria are outlined in the legislation for recognition.

  1. Demonstrate a high level of achievement in a CTE program of study as exemplified by course grades, industry-recognized technical assessments, and teacher recommendations.
  2. Demonstrate a high level of achievement in at least three academic classes, as exemplified by course grades, end-of-course assessments, and teacher recommendations. 

  3. Successfully complete a college-level course or a work-based learning (WBL) experience including, but not limited to, employment under a cooperative education agreement, an internship, or a work-based structured learning experience.

  4. Participate in a career and technical student organization (CTSO) or a community service project that demonstrates the application of career and technical skills. 



        The criteria listed below is intended to be utilized by the local education agency (LEA) as a checklist for determining student eligibility for nomination of the CTE SAP. For examples of acceptable evidence within criteria categories, please refer to the drop down sections below as well as the 2023-2024 Submission Guidance found below. 

        Student eligibility and selection process: 

        • The LEA must be operating an approved CTE program of study.  
        • The LEA participating in this award program will identify, based on the LEA criteria, the top 5% of their senior class as an initial pool of candidates to determine outstanding CTE students for recognition.   
        • From this pool of candidates, the LEA will nominate individual students based on meeting all four criteria outlined in the legislation and further defined by the NJDOE.  In the chart below is a breakdown of each criterion, categories for the criteria and acceptable evidence.  
        • The LEA will maintain on file all documentation of acceptable evidence used to evaluate student eligibility and nomination.  This documentation is not required to be submitted to the NJDOE.  The NJDOE may request access to this documentation at any time for the purposes of internal review and verification of eligibility.

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