Importance of Identity, Demystifying College, and Setting Career Aspirations


The Rutgers Future Scholars program gratefully acknowledges the Merck Corporation for its generous support of our Scholars first introduction to the program.





“I could not be MORE DELIGHTED with the accomplishments of the RFS program! You have clearly achieved your vision to ensure that students who live local to the University have the opportunity to attend college, and earn a fully-funded degree at Rutgers. Well done!” 


- Theresa McCoy

The Merck Foundation


Since 2009 the Merck Foundation has generously supported the Summer Program for rising 8th grade Scholars serving as an integral component of the overall mission and goals of RFS. It offers these 200 8th grade Scholar’s their first formalized introduction to the RFS Program, higher education, and Rutgers University. 

The Summer Program is designed to provide the Scholars with an enriching, educational, and social environment on a vibrant and active college campus.  Activities are focused on comprehensive experiential learning opportunities to excite and motivate 1st Year Scholars to develop a lifetime passion for learning.  Courses and workshops offered during the program range of concepts and career opportunities from: Physics, Public Speaking, Graphic Design, Poetry, Law, Contemporary Art, Chemistry, Nursing, Geosciences, Education, Research, Business Management, and Improvisation.






  • The Class of 1965
  • Community Foundation of New Jersey
  • Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation
  • Fund for New Jersey
  • Henry E. Niles Foundation
  • Hyde and Watson Foundation
  • J. Seward Johnson Sr. 1963 Charitable Trust
  • The Nashed Family
  • New World Foundation
  • New Jersey Manufacturers
  • New Jersey Resources
  • Eyrique and Lisa Miller
  • The Prudential Foundation
  • PSEG Foundation
  • The Rodkin Family Foundation
  • The Reinhardt Family
  • Santander
  • The Schiano Family Foundation
  • Susquehanna Bank
  • Target Corporation
  • TD Bank
  • Victoria Foundation
  • WLK Solutions
  • Wells Fargo 
  • Xerox Foundation