Rutgers University Pledges Hope, Opportunity and Free Tuition
BY MEGAN SCHRAMM-POSSINGER
In response to New Jersey’s growing high-school-dropout rates
in low-income and urban communities, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, launched
an aggressive initiative in October 2008: the Rutgers Future Scholars Program. It is designed to
give promising, motivated seventh-graders educational opportunities.
Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick pledged that students selected as Future Scholars
from Camden, Newark, New Brunswick and Piscataway, N.J., who meet the university’s admissions criteria will receive four years of free, no-loan tuition through grants and scholarships.
The program includes on-campus summer and school-year classes and seminars, standardized-tests practice and in-school monitoring and tutoring.