The Successful First Cohort of the Rutgers Future Scholars Program

rutgers-logoFive years ago the Rutger Futures Scholars program was established. Under the program a large group of students from inner-city schools were accepted into a program to better prepare them for the rigors of higher education. The students were promised if they stuck with the program for five years and successfully met the university’s admissions standards, they would receive full tuition scholarships at Rutgers University.

The program has met with a great deal of success. Of the 183 students who began in the program five years ago, 163 will enter college this fall. Of the 163 college-bound students, 98 will be attending Rutgers University on full scholarships. Nineteen other students received scholarships to other four-year universities. Another 46 students completed the program but did not meet the university’s admission standards, but will attend community colleges. If they successfully complete their two-year programs and transfer to Rutgers, these students will receive full tuition scholarships.

Each year a new cohort of 200 eighth-grade students are selected for the Rutgers Futures Scholars program. The university states that the program costs about $1.6 million to run each year.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Black Film Project and Film Studies Fellowships Established at Harvard University

Henry Louis Gates Jr., professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, will direct the newly established Black Film Project, an initiative aiming to support independent films focusing on Black history and culture.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Yale Library Acquires Digital Collection of Langston Hughes Papers

In a recent December upload, the Yale University Library added a collection of papers from Black poet Langston Hughes to the school's online archive. The collection contains correspondence between Hughes and other authors and civil rights activists of his time.

Academic Fields Where Blacks Earned Few or No Doctoral Degrees in 2022

In 2022, African Americans earned 1.2 percent of all mathematics and statistics doctorates, 1.2 percent of all doctorates in computer science, 1.7 percent of all doctorates in chemistry, and only 1.7 percent of all doctorates awarded in engineering disciplines.

Featured Jobs