By the Numbers
There is strong evidence to suggest the program is achieving important positive outcomes.
School administrators, teachers, and program staff report notable increases in Scholar motivation, leadership roles in class, and participation in extracurricular activities and community service. Perhaps most significantly, the program boasts as of January 2017:
Total served by Rutgers Future Scholars;
Strength Through Diversity
A student’s appreciation and understanding of cultural and ethnic traditions is essential; the more enriched and diverse backgrounds are, the greater their chances of developing social and professional networks and opportunities. Our student body consists of:
• 45% Latin/Hispanic
• 36% Black/African American
• 8% Multiracial
• 6% Asian/Pacific Island
• 4% White
• 4% Other
The gender breakdown is balanced too.
Our student body consists of:
• 55% Female
• 45% Male
Strength in Partnerships
Establishing University-Community partnerships is key to developing an adaptable model that encourages collaboration and builds collective efficacy. This partnership includes developing career exploration, internships, and exposure to industry professionals to bridge the connection from the classroom to the real world.
Rutgers Future Scholars has established corporate partnerships and attracted contributions from individual donors and foundations. Click here to learn more.
Our University and Community Partners include:
• Deans, Faculty, and Staff from the School of Arts and Sciences
• Department of English
• School of Social Work
• School of Law
• School of Public Affairs
• K-12 Public School Districts
• Undergraduate Mentors
• School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
• Undergraduate Admissions
• Numerous community-based organizations
For Whole Communities
The Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia University and Rutgers University have conducted research about the impact of the Rutgers Future Scholars program.
Preliminary results suggest that the program has a wide-ranging positive impact not only in the lives of the Scholars in the program, but also Rutgers University attendees and the school districts that Scholars originate from.
Improving the Community for Everyone
To leverage its limited human and financial resources, RFS cultivates relationships with individuals and departments across the university, school districts, and community-based organizations. Here’s how:
• Tutoring and mentoring of Scholars in district schools extends to their classmates — even those not enrolled in the RFS program.
• Continuous communication with middle and high school guidance counselors and other school personnel improves a Scholar’s developmental pathways and challenges.
• Strengthening and expanding teacher development through RFS-initiated partnerships with Rutgers University’s (New Brunswick) Writing Center helps teacher development.
• An increased Rutgers University faculty awareness of the academic challenges facing low-income, first generation students in the high schools of Rutgers’ home communities.
• Building and strengthening the college access infrastructure at Rutgers-Camden through partnerships initiated by RFS campus lead and RFS program staff.
• An RFS/RU faculty partnership led to the creation of a credit-bearing mentoring class for Rutgers University undergraduates, preparing the next generation of civically-engaged leaders, mentors, tutors, and role models for Scholars as well as their classmates with similar low-income, first generation backgrounds.
“Individuals with more education have higher earnings, better health, are more economically independent, and less likely to be involved in the criminal justice system.”
Profiles have been calculated for those who participate in the program and this includes data on earnings, tax payments, government expenditures on crime and justice, government health expenditures, and welfare payments. All are enumerated according to present values.
The Numbers Are Compelling
Income tax revenues are increased — the net gain in earnings (above the amount paid for a full-time worker not participating in the program) is $286,000 for male scholars and $253,000 for female scholars over their lifetime.
The direct gain to the New Jersey State Government is $70,000 per male scholar and $48,000 per female scholar. The total fiscal gain of the Rutgers Future Scholars program to New Jersey residents is $203,000 per male scholar and $110,000 per female scholar. (This does not even address the savings gained by the federal government as a result of higher taxes and lower spending).
Government spending on health, criminal justice, and welfare is reduced. This is calculated by calculating the increased tax revenue, the decreased costs of crime and funds needed for welfare, and the savings due to better health. In a time of budget deficits and fiscal turmoil, these savings cannot be ignored.
Businesses have access to a more skilled workforce.
We urge our state representatives to support initiatives such as ours that improve the futures of our promising youth and generate funds that our state so desperately needs.