Launched in 2008 in four New Jersey cities, the Rutgers
Future Scholars Program each year accepts 200 low-income,
academically talented middle schoolers who may become the
first in their families to earn a four-year college degree. The
students, now numbering 800, receive ongoing academic
support, enrichment, guidance, and mentoring. Those who
complete the program successfully and are admitted to Rutgers
are guaranteed free tuition.
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.
Collaboration, critical thinking, communication. These are just
some of the real-world skills Rutgers Future Scholars gain on the
way to becoming leaders in the 21st-century workplace. Facing
tough challenges, the Rutgers Future Scholars learn what it takes
to succeed. Let their success be yours.
Support Future Scholars . . . Develop Future Leaders
To learn more about the program and how you might help
support it, go to
futurescholars.rutgers.edu or contact us at
JERSEY ROOTS, GLOBAL REACH