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Rutgers Future Scholars
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The Rutgers Future Scholars program introduces first-generation, low-income and academically-talented middle school students from our four Rutgers home communities (New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden) to the promise and opportunities of a college education. The program will have multiple-year components, each building on the foundation of the previous year. Participants in the summer before they enter the eighth grade will become part of a unique pre-college culture of university programming, events, support, and mentoring that will continue through their high school years. Students who successfully complete the pre-college initiative and are admitted to Rutgers will receive a scholarship covering the cost of their tuition for four years funded through a range of grants and donations.
University President Richard L. McCormick announced the inauguration of the Future Scholars Program in his Annual Address to the Rutgers University Community on September 28, 2007.
"Finally, and most significantly, I am proud to announce a bold initiative to expand the pipeline of talented students coming to Rutgers from underrepresented communities. Our student body is diverse, but too few young men and women—and especially too few young men—enroll at Rutgers from our state's large cities, including Rutgers' hometowns of Newark, Camden, Piscataway, and New Brunswick. We know that many students give up on learning as teenagers—or sooner— because they don't see college in their future. So we will establish the Rutgers Future Scholars program, a pilot project aimed at reaching minority and low-income students who might otherwise never consider college within their grasp..."