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Introduction

Each year, the Rutgers Future Scholars program selects 200 students from five (5) New Jersey public school districts, plus select students from one Rutgers-affiliated Charter School (Leap Academy University Charter School).

Piscataway

New Brunswick

Camden

Newark

Rahway

200 Students 1 Goal

Piscataway

About the Piscataway Program

School District: Piscataway Township Public Schools

Number of Scholars: 250 in grades 8th through 12th attending over 10 schools.

Key University-community Partners

School district administrative leadership, teachers, and school counselors.

Summer Program at Rutgers for Kids (SPARK)

Rutgers University English Department-Writing Program

School of Management and Labor Relations

Office of Student Employment

Offices of Financial Aid, admissions, registrar, research and Information Systems

Student Access and Educational Equity & TRIO programs: Educational Opportunity Fund Program & Student Support Services

Department of Africana Studies, home to the Rutgers Future Scholars Mentoring program

2.8 - First-Year Average GPA At Rutgers Univ. 97% - RFS Active Scholars Graduated H.S 91% - RFS Piscataway Scholars In College
Other Four-Year Institutions That RFS/Piscataway Students Attend

New Brunswick

About the New Brunswick Program

School District(s): New Brunswick Public Schools

Number of Scholars: 250 in grades 8th through 12th attending over 10 schools.

Key University-community Partners

School district administrative leadership, teachers, and school counselors

Summer Program at Rutgers For Kids (SPARK)

Rutgers University English Department-Writing Program

School of Management and Labor Relations

Office of Student Employment

Offices of Financial Aid, admissions, registrar, research and Information Systems

Student Access and Educational Equity & TRIO programs: Educational Opportunity Fund Program & Student Support Services

Department of Africana Studies, home to the Rutgers Future Scholars Mentoring program

2.5 - First-Year Average GPA At Rutgers Univ. 97% - RFS Active Scholars Graduated H.S 90% - RFS New Brunswick Scholars In Cllege
Other Four-year Institutions That Rfs/New Brunswick Students Attend

Camden

About the Camden Program

School District(s): Camden Public Schools LEAP Academy University Charter School

Number of Scholars: 250

Population: 77,346
39% Camden Residents In Poverty 8% Camden Residents With Bachelors Degree Or Higher
92% Public School, 8% Private School LEAP Academy - University Charter School

About Leap Academy University Charter School

LEAP, because of its affiliation with Rutgers, is the only charter school from which RFS recruits — RFS selects 10 LEAP students to join 40 Camden City Public School students to comprise each cohort.

2.3 - First-Year Average GPA At Rutgers Univ. 66% Graduated High School 82% RFS/Camden Scholars in College
Proportion At Four-Year VS Two-Year Institutions RFS Class of 2017. RFS Class of 2018. RFS Class of 2019. Camden City Students.
Other Four-year Institutions That Rfs/new Brunswick Students Attend

Newark

About the Newark Program

School District(s): Newark Public Schools Number of Scholars: 250

Population: 277,149
28% Newark Residents Living In Poverty 13% Newark Residents With Bachelors Degree Or Higher
90% Public School, 10% Private School 12 Public High Schools. 44 Total AP Courses. 119 After School Programs
2.6 - First-Year Average GPA At Rutgers Univ. 80% RFS/Newark Scholars In College
Proportion At Four-Year VS Two-Year Institutions RFS Class of 2017. RFS Class of 2018. RFS Class of 2019. Camden City Students.
Other Four-year Institutions That Rfs/Newark Students Attend (Fall 2015)

Rahway

About the Rahway Program

The Rahway program is the newest of our programs and selects 15 scholars from Rahway public schools. The opportunity to offer Rutgers Future Scholars to the Rahway community is made totally possible by the extraordinary generosity of the Vagelos Family, Dr. P. Roy Vagelos and Diana Vagelos.

8th Grade Goals at Rahway

Identify personal strengths, motivations, and barriers to success.

Set short-term and long-term goals for academic success.

Use team building to create a community of accountability and achievement.

Workshops and Advisement

Every Tuesday — Rahway scholars meet as a group after school until 4pm.

Every Wednesday — one-on-one academic advisement.

Highlights

Two-way communication between scholars/parents and Program Coordinator via REMIND text messaging platform.

Guidance and school administration frequently recognize good Samaritan scholars, acts of kindness toward peers and academic improvement.

Scholars are also involved in: honors courses, band, select chorus, theater, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and football.

Marking Period 1:9 out of 15 scholars made high honor roll or honor roll.

Marking Period 1: cohort average GPA is 90%.

15 Scholars: 8 Girls/7 Boys
Remind Two-way Communication: Remind.com is an app that provides instant messaging between scholars/parents and Program Coordinator Communicate faster.
90% - Marking Period 1: Cohort Average GPA

Faculty

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Aramis Gutierrez

Director

New Brunswick/Piscataway

Aramis Gutierrez provides university-wide leadership for the Rutgers Future Scholars program. As part of the strategic mission as director since 2008, Aramis develops and cultivates academic alliances with key school, university, community, government and corporate partnerships.

He also works closely with program and university personnel in creating a culture of support and excellence, developing curriculum focused on mentoring and academics, strategic planning, evaluation and assessment, fundraising, and exploring program replication on a national level. Rutgers Future Scholars has served over 2000 first generation students from low-income households and has helped over 90% of its Scholars enroll into college. As of Fall 2017, nearly 400 Scholars are studying at Rutgers on a full tuition-free Scholarship. He has helped raise nearly 20 million dollars, guided numerous institutions to launch similar college access programs, and is leading the development of a best practices toolkit to share with the field.

He has a background as a certified elementary teacher and high school counselor providing service to communities throughout the socio-economic spectrum. Aramis has received numerous awards for his contributions to leadership, teaching, and learning. Prior to Rutgers Future Scholars, he served as Associate Director of the Career Equity Resource Center at Rutgers University, as a Community College academic advisor, High School counselor, and as an elementary classroom teacher.

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Kim Williams

Associate Director, Access & Administration

New Brunswick/Piscataway

Kim Williams serves as a Program Coordinator at the Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses.

She earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.S.W. in Administration, Policy and Planning at Rutgers University. A proud alumna of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program, Kim has in turn devoted years to recruiting, providing access, and academic support to underrepresented populations as an advisor within the Rutgers College EOF program.

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Mario Tano

Finance & Program Associate

New Brunswick/Piscataway

Mario Tano supports the Rutgers Future Scholars and Enrollment Management teams, providing full coordination and administration of programs, projects, and financial/accounting budgets.

Mario is the main contact for Spanish speaking families and Scholars.

Mario earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and Labor and Employment Relations from Rutgers-New Brunswick. While enrolled, he was involved as Hermano of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., an Ambassador for the Multicultural Community at large while serving as the Latino Student Council Co-Chair, and a Resident Mentor for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Summer Institute for first-generation, low-income students.

Mario facilitates professional development workshops on campus, mentoring at-risk undergraduates in résumé-building, cover letters, interviews, career fairs, internships, and diversity student engagement. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Labor & Employment Relations with a concentration in Diversity and Inclusion.

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Dr. Eve Sachs

Program Coordinator

New Brunswick/Piscataway

Dr. Eve Remsen Sachs was invited to come out of retirement in October 2007 to start up the inaugural Rutgers Future Scholars program of 200 7th graders, the Class of 2017.

This October 2017, she will have served 10 of the most fulfilling years of her life as Rutgers Future Scholars Program Coordinator. Along with her previous 25 years as the Educational Opportunity Director at Rutgers College and her two years creating an American school in Egypt for students K-12 and her Peace Corps service in Liberia. Dr. Sachs is also committed to assuring a successful life for her beloved first generation, richly diverse Rutgers Future Scholars!

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Brittany Pryor

Student & Community Affairs Coordinator

New Brunswick/Piscataway

Brittany Pryor is the Student and Community Affairs Coordinator (SCAC) for the New Brunswick Piscataway Campus.

She began her journey with the Rutgers Future Scholars program in 2009 as a work study student, mentor and assistant coordinator to her current position and title. Some of her responsibilities include maintaining contact with students who transfer from their original districts, application process for the new cohorts, summer programming and scholar workshops.

Brittany graduated from Rutgers with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is currently working on her Masters in Counseling Psychology. Her passion for the program exudes through her dedication and commitment to the scholars and her colleagues.

She truly believes in the mission of the program and works diligently to guide the scholars on their paths to higher education and beyond.

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Aaron Reevey

Mentoring Coordinator

New Brunswick/Piscataway Campus

Aaron Reevey’s extensive experience working with youth throughout the region is utilized in his position as the Education and Mentoring Coordinator in New Brunswick and Piscataway.

Aaron has helped to train hundreds of undergraduate students in the areas of leadership, mentoring, and youth development. Aaron coordinates the Rutgers Future Scholars Mentoring program for all of the high school Scholars while also leading quarterly workshops for our 8th grade students.

In addition, he is responsible for developing our mentoring curriculum and course curriculum. Prior to joining the Rutgers Future Scholars team, Aaron was a radio personality with Universal Music Group and served as an AmeriCorps College Access Coordinator at Rutgers University. This has prepared him for his current role of instructing Mentoring as a Public Service I & II, and Supervised Community Service Placement through the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers University. He also serves as a liaison and mentor himself to area colleagues and undergraduates.

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Corey James

Program Coordinator

Newark

Corey James, Rutgers Future Scholars-Newark Coordinator, has extensive experience in serving our most “at-risk” populations.

Most recently, Corey served as Assistant Director for the Youth Advocate Program of Essex and Union Counties, where he worked primarily with the juvenile justice population, advocating for them in court and helping them redirect their lives through positive intervention.

Corey has devoted his life and career to reaching underrepresented youth in urban communities directly as a youth mentor and group facilitator, as well as on a larger scale as a motivational speaker and through helping direct conferences. He is the author of “Painting Pictures: Reframing the World of Inner City Youth”, a powerful message of hope and empowerment for urban inner cities.

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Kimberly Brown

Student & Community Affairs Specialist

Newark

Kimberly Brown serves as the Student and Community Affairs Coordinator (SCAC) for the Rutgers Future Scholars program at Rutgers-Newark.

She has worked with the program in various capacities since 2008, previously under the title of Mentor Coordinator. As the SCAC, Kimberly is responsible for implementing the yearly recruitment and enrollment processes and serves as the liaison for Newark’s public schools.

She also oversees the mentoring components of the program, which focuses on enhancing scholars’ academic, interpersonal and professional skills through team building and college readiness workshops and seminars. Kimberly is a graduate of Rutgers University-Newark and is currently enrolled in the School of Public Affairs and Administration pursuing a Master’s in Public and Nonprofit Performance Management.

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Brian Phillips

Program Coordinator

Camden

Brian Phillips is a proud product of Camden, New Jersey. As a professional, he has dedicated his life to aiding Camden by educating and uplifting its youth and families. Early in his life, Brian noticed the crippling disparities that plagued his beloved city so he decided to help transform it by helping individuals realize their potential to become self-reliant, self-motivated, and most importantly, more civically engaged.

Brian attended Rutgers University-New Brunswick, N.J. where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies with a Minor in Teaching Science Education. Brian returned home to Camden, N.J. and began his professional career at his former high school. There he served as a coach for the Boys Basketball and Baseball Teams from 2010 until 2016 and ended his tenure as a College Access Coordinator.

Brian is currently pursuing his Master’s in Public Administration at Rutgers University-Camden. Brian is committed to the holistic growth of Camden youth and families. He empowers students and families by creating pathways for them to pursue their passions, by providing professional and personal growth outcomes, and by using daily dilemmas as teachable moments. Brian is truly committed to the growth of Camden, its youth, and its families.

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Ashley Douglas

Program Coordinator

Rahway

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” This quote from C.S. Lewis highlights a goal worthy of our best efforts: a goal Ashley Douglas is passionate about.

Ashley is the Program Coordinator for Rutgers Future Scholars-Rahway. She maintains the strategic partnership with the Rahway school district, delivering a high quality program experience for scholars at Rahway’s 7th and 8th Grade Academy and Rahway High School during the summer and academic year.

Ashley has a professional background in higher education, non-profits, community based organizations, and preparing youth for personal and academic achievement. Ashley excels in uncovering motivation and providing the necessary support for social and emotional development during scholars’ formative years.

Ashley holds a B.S. in Advertising Communications from St. John’s University and M.A. in Public and Organizational Relations from Montclair State University.