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Rutgers Future Scholars

The Rutgers Future Scholars Program introduces economically disadvantaged, academically promising middle school students from Rutgers’ four host communities—New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden—to the promise and opportunities of a college education.

Realizing the Possibilities

Each year, up to 200 students, who are completing the seventh grade, will be accepted into the program. These young students may become the first in their families to earn a four-year college degree.

From eighth grade through high school, Future Scholars receive ongoing academic support, enrichment, personal guidance, and mentoring. They learn about new subjects and career paths, and gain the confidence to plan for an exciting and challenging future. They participate in residential experiences on campus in the summers, weekend seminars throughout the school year, and college admissions test preparation. 

The goal of the program is to help these students stay in school, graduate from high school, and gain admission to Rutgers or another college of their choice.

To ease the financial burden of higher education, Rutgers guarantees free tuition and fees to all those who successfully complete the pre-college phase of the program, meet admission requirements, and choose to attend the University.

Renee and Sheldon Batterman Fund

Through the generosity of Renee and Sheldon Batterman, Rutgers Future Scholars from Camden will be able to apply for an academic merit scholarship to support their studies here at Rutgers University–Camden. For more information please contact, Dr. Nyeema Watson at or 856-225-6738.