A vulnerable population, an opportunity to help, a time for bold action...
Launched this year in four New Jersey cities, the Rutgers
Future Scholars Program has accepted 200 economically
disadvantaged, academically talented middle schoolers who may
become the first in their families to earn a four-year college
degree. Over the next five years, they will receive ongoing
academic support, enrichment, guidance, and mentoring. Each
year, 200 new students will join their ranks. Those who complete
the program successfully and are admitted to Rutgers will be
guaranteed free tuition and fees.
Rutgers has a long-standing commitment to accessibility
and diversity; a large proportion of our undergraduates are
first-generation college students. Too often, however, offering a
college opportunity to high school seniors is already too late.
That’s why Rutgers Future Scholars is based on the concept that
providing a supportive, enriching environment to younger
students is crucial to their success.
Appropriate to Rutgers’ status as a premier public research
university, Rutgers Future Scholars has a significant research
component, including self-assessment and the collection of
national data, with the intention of developing a prototype
program with national implications.
Costs for the Rutgers Future Scholars Program are expected
to be covered primarily through private donations and corporate
gifts. Once the students enter college, part of their education may
also be funded by existing federal and state financial aid programs.
To learn more about the program and how you might help
support it, call Aramis Gutierrez at 732-932-6713, visit
www.futurescholars.rutgers.edu/diversity, or email
JERSEY ROOTS, GLOBAL REACH