Scholarships, Fellowships and Financial Aid

Scholarships

Rutgers James Dickson Carr Scholarship

The Carr scholarship honors the first African-American Rutgers graduate. This scholarship reflects our commitment to enrolling a student body that is broadly diverse in terms of experience, socioeconomic background, geography, special skills, and talents. The Carr Scholarship is awarded to first-year applicants for four years of undergraduate study for a total of $40,000. The annual amount is $10,000.

To be considered, students must have competitive academic credentials, specialized talents, extracurricular activities, leadership, community service, work experience, awards, honors, and achievement.

Chancellor’s Scholarship

First-Year: The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to admitted first-year students for four years of undergraduate study for a total of $20,000. The annual amount is $5,000. Awards are based on academic ability; an assessment of talents, experience, and potential; and a holistic review of how a student might contribute to a diverse educational environment.

Transfer: The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to admitted transfer students for two years of undergraduate study for a total of $10,000. The annual amount is $5,000. Awards are based on academic ability; an assessment of talents, experience, and potential; and a holistic review of how a student might contribute to a diverse educational environment.

A minimum of one Chancellor’s Scholarship will be awarded annually in the fall semester to an admitted transfer student from each of the following institutions Bergen County College, Essex County College, Hudson County College, Middlesex County College, Passaic Community College, and Union County College.

In order to be eligible for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, a student must be in one of the following categories:

  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551c (Alien Registration Receipt Card)
  • Recipients of New Jersey S2479 (the “Dream Act”) and/or Federal Deferred Action to Childhood Arrival (DACA) https://myrun.newark.rutgers.edu/merit-based-admission
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship is awarded to transfer applicants attending community college and are members of the college’s PTK Honor Society (https://www.ptk.org/). There are 20 PTK scholarships awarded annually in the fall; a minimum of one PTK Scholarship will be awarded annually to an admitted transfer student from each of the following institutions Bergen County College, Essex County College, Hudson County College, Middlesex County College, Passaic Community College, and Union County College. PTK Scholarships are awarded for two years of undergraduate study for a total of $16,000. The annual amount is $8,000.

To be considered:

  • Transfer applicants must apply by February 1 for fall admission.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time in a transfer program at a community college.
  • Students must be a member of their community college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
  • Students must have earned an associate’s degree in arts or science by the time of enrollment and have a minimum grade point average of 3.8 for consideration.
  • Students must enroll directly from the associate degree-granting community college, with no intervening enrollment at another institution. https://admissions.newark.rutgers.edu/paying-for-college/scholarships
Honors Living-Learning Community

The Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC) is a transformative college access and success program that fosters the academic, social, and personal development of talented first-year and transfer students. It offers a “last-dollar” HLLC scholarship that covers room and board. This “last dollar” HLLC scholarship is offered to the student after all federal, state, and internal/external scholarships and grants have been applied
The scholarship is eight semesters for first-year students and four semesters for transfer students https://hllc.newark.rutgers.edu/

Financial Need

Rutgers University–Newark Talent and Opportunity Program (RU-N to the TOP)

The RU-N to the TOP scholarship provides a “last-dollar” award. This award covers the cost of in-state tuition and mandatory fees. The award is offered after all federal, state, institutional, internal/external scholarships and grants have been applied.

https://admissions.newark.rutgers.edu/paying-for-college/ru-n-top#Undocumented

Additional information can be obtained through the Office of Financial Aid

Giving Day Scholarships

Award #1: Rutgers School of Criminal Justice Undergraduate Book Scholarship

Background and Expectations: Strong, healthy and safe neighborhoods are places where people and their families can thrive. This award recognizes the work of students who engage with communities to help reduce crime, improve public safety, or address injustices in the criminal justice system. It also recognizes how lessons from the classroom can be drivers of innovation and reform that are necessary ingredients for improving community wellness. Recipients of the award will be expected to apply their unique strengths and skillsets (broadly defined) in support of activities that aim to improve the criminal justice system and the lives of people impacted by it. Proposals that focus on race or racial discrimination are especially welcome. This could involve a variety of deliverables, so be creative.  By accepting these funds, recipients will agree to deliver a one to two page progress report of their efforts to the Dean of SCJ, due by February 1, 2021, about how they are using the funds to further their work or activities

Application and Review Process: Highly motivated full time undergraduate students majoring in criminal justice are eligible to apply. Applications must not exceed 2 pages in length (12 point font, 1 inch margins) and must detail the following: (1) the applicant’s commitment to local community engagement, service learning, or publicly engaged scholarship during their time enrolled in the SCJ; (2) how the applicant plans to apply (or continue to use) their lessons from SCJ classrooms in the community, and (3) how the monetary award will support the applicant’s goals and objectives. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate personal financial needs (broadly defined). Please contact Professor Michael Ostermann (osterma2@scj.rutgers.edu) or Professor Joel Caplan (jcaplan@scj.rutgers.edu) if you have questions.  Applications must be submitted to osterma2@scj.rutgers.edu before October 23 at 5.00 pm (EST).

A committee of SCJ representatives will review applications. It will award up to four scholarships of $500.

Award #2 Rutgers School of Criminal Justice Research Award

Background and Expectations: The purpose of this award is to support students who are actively engaged in, attempting to formulate, or set to begin a research project that centers on race and the criminal justice system. The School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) seeks to support projects that address questions of systemic racism and racial disparities in the criminal justice system, research into local and national events, as well as the patterns and histories of criminal justice policies and institutions.  Direct costs associated with equipment, travel or other expenses can be supported by this award.  By accepting these funds, recipients will agree to deliver a three to four page progress report of their efforts to the Dean of SCJ, due by February 1, 2021, about how they are using the funds to further their work or activities.

Application and Review Process: Highly motivated full time undergraduate and graduate students majoring in criminal justice are eligible to apply. Applications must not exceed 4 pages in length (12 point font, 1 inch margins) and must detail the following: (1) the applicant’s commitment to developing or continuing a research agenda centered on systemic racism and racial disparities in the criminal justice system, research into local and national events, as well as the patterns and histories of criminal justice policies and institutions; (2) how the applicant will use the award to cover direct costs associated with the work effort (include a budget that lists items and costs); and (3) how the award and related work effort will support the applicant’s professional goals and objectives. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate personal financial needs (broadly defined). Please contact Professor Michael Ostermann (osterma2@scj.rutgers.edu) or Professor Joel Caplan (jcaplan@scj.rutgers.edu) if you have questions.  Applications must be submitted to osterma2@scj.rutgers.edu before October 23 at 5.00 pm (EST). Award recipients will be required to have the University’s Institutional Review Board approval, if needed, before funds will be released. 

A committee of SCJ representatives will review applications and will make up to five awards, of up to $1,100 each.