What is the Rutgers Future Scholars Program?

The Rutgers Future Scholars Program offers to seventh grade students in Newark, Camden, New Brunswick, and Piscataway a promise of hope and opportunity. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is committed to your graduating from high school and to helping you gain admission to Rutgers or another college of your choice. Best of all, Rutgers is promising to pay for four years of college tuition costs for successful Future Scholars who attend Rutgers. 

Am I eligible to become a Rutgers Future Scholar?

To apply for the Rutgers Future Scholars Program, you must
Live in New Jersey and be a student in one of the following public school districts (non-Charter) schools: Newark, Camden, LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden, a Rutgers University Affiliate, New Brunswick, or Piscataway.
Be in seventh grade.
Be in good academic standing.
Be a first-generation college student—that is, your parent(s) or guardian(s) are not four-year college graduates.
Meet the financial need guidelines.
Be highly recommended by a teacher and your school administration.
Have the full support for participation from your parent(s) or guardian(s).
Be available to attend the five- to eight-day Rutgers Future Scholars summer program after your seventh grade year and to attend further summer enrichment programs during your high school years and Seminars on Saturdays.

How can I apply?

Candidates are nominated by each school district, respectively, according to the criteria above. Applications are only available through your school’s guidance office.  The Rutgers Future Scholars program Admission Committee then reviews all applications received and makes a final decision.

After I apply, how do I know if I am accepted into the program?

The Rutgers Future Scholars program Admission Committee reviews all applications and makes all acceptance decisions. A representative of the Rutgers Future Scholars Program will contact you directly to notify you of your acceptance. You become a Rutgers Future Scholar only after you are contacted by a program representative and receive a formal acceptance packet.

Is there a financial cost for me or my family if I am selected?

All RFS supported programs are free and at no cost to the Scholars.  This is made possible in part by the generous support and contributions of our partnering corporations and caring individuals who believe in your potential and want to see you become successful.

How will this program prepare me for college?

First Step:

Attend summer programs

In the summer before eighth grade, Scholars attend a fabulous one week program on the Rutgers campuses of New Brunswick, Newark, or Camden. Your own school buses will bring you each morning for an eye-opener breakfast followed by a day of exciting, interactive activities in reading, writing, math, and even physics and chemistry. You will take part in drama and dance productions and even make some short films. Most of all, you will learn that going to college is an important and valuable part of your future. You will be invited back during subsequent summers for more academically enriching programs where you can actually live in campus residence halls and take classes that interest you most, like law, medicine, engineering, teaching, or the dramatic arts. Best news of all, these opportunities are at no cost to you or your parents!

Second Step:

Come to an on-campus seminar series

Your teenage years are a wonderful time in your life and a time of many challenges. Rutgers will be there to support you. We will invite you to be our guest on campus for informative seminars on how to succeed in your studies, how to be admitted to college, how to pay for college, what careers to pursue, and most of all, how to believe in yourself. You will also have the chance to attend exciting athletic and cultural events. You will meet a dedicated and caring team of Rutgers students and staff who will serve as your guides for any and all concerns, be they academic, family, or personal.

Third Step:

Receive individual tutoring

As a Future Scholar, we want to help you get excellent grades in all of your subjects. Through the Rutgers Future Scholars Program, you will receive tutoring in your most difficult subjects and training in the knowledge and skills to perform well on college admissions tests.

If I am accepted into the Rutgers Future Scholars program, am I obligated to attend Rutgers University?

Although Rutgers University is one of the top public research universities in the country, and we would very much love for you to attend our university, we know you will have many options upon graduation.  Our main objective is to help you graduate from high school and be prepared for Higher Education.  Our incentive is, if you attend Rutgers, you will study for free. 

If I am accepted into the Rutgers Future Scholars program, does it mean I will be automatically accepted to Rutgers University?

No, however, we will help you prepare for both High School graduation and admission to college.  To be eligible for tuition scholarships, all Scholars must apply to Rutgers and be admitted.  Tuition Scholarships will be applied after all applicable Federal and State financial assistance awards are applied.  Currently, we are only offering Tuition Scholarship. Financial Assistance for Room and Board (living on campus) is not promised at this time.
If Scholars are not admitted to Rutgers directly after HS graduation, Scholars have the option to attend a NJ Community College through an applicable Dual Admission program; we will then honor the tuition scholarship for the final two years of study at Rutgers University.

When accepted, do I have to attend all Future Scholars events?

You must attend all mandatory events, which will be clearly articulated to you in advance.  Additionally, we also monitor your daily attendance at school. Remember, all activities are meant to help you with your studies and personal growth.  Please see the RFS Policy Manual regarding attendance procedures.

Welcome Robert L. Barchi

20th President of
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey




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