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Excellence in Opportunity
For generations of students, Rutgers–Newark has been a place of opportunity. Today, as in decades past, many come here from disadvantaged backgrounds, work to meet educational expenses, represent the first members of their families to attend college, and/or speak a language other than English at home. For all of these students, Rutgers–Newark provides an unprecedented pathway to success.
Scholarships and Fellowships
The university is committed to sustaining this tradition of opportunity, and scholarship support is essential.
Scholarships help students afford tuition, lessen the burden of debt they take on, and reduce the number of hours they need to work so they can focus on their studies, complete internships, and perform undergraduate research with distinguished professors.
At the graduate level, fellowships are equally vital, meeting students’ financial need and helping Rutgers–Newark compete for the best candidates. In addition, fellowship funding helps raise the national profile of Newark’s graduate programs because many rankings weigh the level of fellowship support as a measure of program quality.
Additional NCAS Funding Priorities
In addition to helping meet financial needs, donors can enhance students’ learning by funding programs like these:
Undergraduate Research The experience of working with faculty on original research is one of the most rewarding the college has to offer, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Newark is committed to greatly expanding the number of students who can take part. Modest stipends are needed for working students who cannot afford to miss a summer of employment.
The Honors College Serving some 300 high-achieving undergraduates, the Honors College program helps attract outstanding students with the kinds of experiences they would encounter at top private institutions. These students have their pick of colleges and choose Rutgers–Newark for its faculty, curricula, research opportunities, and campus diversity. Most graduate in three years and go on to medical school, law school, or graduate programs. With increased funding, the aim is to serve many more students.
The Educational Opportunity Fund Program This model program brings students from some of the weakest high schools in the country and, with careful support, helps them graduate at the same rate as the campus population as a whole. Investment in the program directly advances the mission of expanding educational opportunity.