Stockton Women’s Leadership Scholar Program

Stockton Women’s Leadership Council (SWLC) is committed to taking an active leadership role that will have a sustainable impact on Stockton University, Stockton students, alumnae and members of the community. To support the mission, council members will provide their time and talent through mentoring. Mentoring will provide mentees with guidance, instruction and personal and career development.

To achieve success the mentoring program will align with the following areas:

Education Support – Help to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Formal education and training are complemented by the knowledge and hands-on experience of a mentor.

Career Development – Help students plan and develop their careers. Mentoring will help students with self-confidence and to be self-reliant in their careers.

Skills Enhancement – Share skills and knowledge learned from successful and experienced professionals to pass on their expertise and help the mentee acquire specified skills.

Professional Identity – Contribute to the understanding of what it means to be a professional in the working environment.

Leadership Development – Encourage the development of leadership, gained through application and guided practice. 

Student Retention – Provide a supportive environment. Ongoing coaching and teaching will enhance the education experience and assist in graduation completion.

Scholar Program Applications

Applications for the Stockton Women’s Leadership Scholar Program will be accepted each academic semester.


Carley Finnegan and Donna BuzbyCarley Finnegan ’19 and Donna Buzby, Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi

"The SWLC's Scholar Program has allowed me to network with my mentor as well as others from an array of educational and professional backgrounds, which has helped me with my educational, professional, and personal goals. I am beyond blessed to be a part of this program to help grow and learn from so many outstanding women." - Carley Finnegan '19

"My mentor, Jessica, has been a constant source of support and guidance during the program. It is encouraging to have a strong woman in the community to look to for advice regarding leadership development, salary negotiations and beyond. The SWLC mentoring program enabled me to confidently take the next step in my career and has pushed me to evaluate my own professional values, something I would not have done without my mentor." - Michaela Johnson '19

Michaela Johnson and Jessica KowalMichaela Johnson ’19 and Jessica Kowal, Inspira

Nancy Ayala and Lori HerndonNancy Ayala ’21 and Lori Herndon, AtlantiCare

"The Stockton’s Women’s Leadership Council has provided me with the resources to network and engage with the local community through events and seminars. I look forward to my continued growth in leadership, networking and communication through the help of my mentor and the SWLC. Since beginning the mentoring program, I have seen growth in myself and look forward to continuing my journey with women I know I can count on." - Nancy Ayala '21

"Becoming a mentee with the Stockton Women’s Leadership Council has been a wonderful experience and has helped me step out of my comfort zone. My mentor and I have developed a relationship that has provided me with an incredible amount of confidence, security and support. The mentorship has prepared me to enter the workforce, focusing on perfecting my cover letter and resume, interview skills and self-marketing." - Tina Byrne '21

Tina Byrne and Susan Adelizzi-SchmidtTina Byrne ’21 and Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, Suasion Communications