Rutgers Future Scholars


Van Nest Hall
7 College Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
County: Middlesex


Mr. Aramis Gutierrez

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To support Rutgers Future Scholars, the only university-wide college access program serving 1,400 low-income students across New Jersey.

Organization Background

RFS remains the only university-wide high school success/college access program serving multiple communities and regions of New Jersey. Now in its seventh year, RFS is at capacity with 1,000 Scholars in grades eight through 12 and celebrated the graduation of its second class this summer! If admitted to Rutgers, Scholars attend tuition free.

RFS's tri-fold mission is to: Increase the number of promising, low-income students that complete high school and who are prepared for college; Develop an adaptable model that builds educational opportunities for youth from underserved backgrounds through partnerships across higher education, community organizations, state and local government; Invest in Rutgers' home communities of Camden, New Brunswick, Newark, and Piscataway.

The program's success has inspired peer institutions to design similar initiatives and/or incorporate programmatic elements into their own outreach efforts. Further, RFS was selected from among 180 nominees nationwide as one of three 2013 Grand Excellence Award winners by NASPA (the National Organization of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) for its innovative design and outstanding progress. In November of 2013, RFS led and hosted a national conference that highlighted best-practices, common challenges, and innovative solutions from like initiatives across the country.

Courtney McAnuff is Vice President in the Office of Enrollment Management and oversees the implementation of all phases of the program.

Aramis Gutierrez, Director, oversees the entire program. He is a certified teacher and guidance counselor and has received numerous awards for his contributions to teaching and learning.

Dr. Elena Ragusa is the program's Research Analyst who evaluates success, impact, and design.

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