Scholarships, Fellowships & Financial Aid

DR. BIL LEIPOLD AND DR. JOE BERTOLINO SCARLET PROMISE GRANT 

The Dr. Bil Leipold and Dr. Joe Bertolino Scarlet Promise Grant supports undergraduate (part-time or full-time) SCJ students interested in social justice and changing the criminal justice system. Grants are awarded to high achieving undergraduate Criminal Justice students with demonstrated financial need.  

The Grant is the result of a generous donation from Drs. Leipold and Bertolino, both of whom have strong ties to Rutgers University. Dr. Leipold is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services & Experience at Rutgers University-Newark and served as the SCJ Associate Dean of Academic Programs & Students Services for many years. Dr. Bertolino, the current President of Southern Connecticut State University, graduated from Rutgers-Camden with a Master’s in Social Work. Drs. Leipold and Bertolino are well known for their work on social justice issues and leadership in higher education. Others in the School of Criminal Justice Community have joined Drs. Leipold and Bertolino and generously donated to this award (click here to join them and make a donation).

Eligibility: Matriculated undergraduate students enrolled part-time or full-time in the School of Criminal at Rutgers University-Newark. Students must be in good academic standing  (minimum GPA of 3.0) and demonstrate financial need. Students should check with their advisor to determine if any scholarships, fellowships, or awards they currently hold preclude them from receiving this award.

Amount of Award: Up to $500 

Deadline for Application: September 30 (Fall) and January 31 (Spring) 

Application process: Submit a brief essay to Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Dr. Christal Harry (charry@scj.rutgers.edu). Discuss your academic achievements and financial need in your essay (suggested length, one page).

For more information, please contact the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Dr. Christal Harry (charry@scj.rutgers.edu). 
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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 FIRST YEAR & TRANSFER STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

First-Year Students:

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 Students:

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.

Dozens of Chancellor’s Scholarships are usually awarded annually in the fall semester to admitted transfer students, with a minimum of one 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.

All first-year and transfer applicants applying for fall semester to Rutgers–Newark are considered for the Chancellor merit-based scholarships. There is no separate application, but students who submit an undergraduate admissions application by the priority deadline will receive consideration for scholarships

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
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PHI THETA KAPPA SCHOLARSHIP

The School of Criminal Justice provides financial support for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships. The scholarship is awarded to transfer applicants attending community college and are members of the college’s PTK Honor Society (https://www.ptk.org/). 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
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Prior Awardees

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/
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RU-N to the TOP

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.

http://myrun.newark.rutgers.edu

Additional information can be obtained through the Office of Financial Aid
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EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS

GARDEN STATE GUARANTEE: The Garden State Guarantee (GSG) is New Jersey’s promise to make a college degree more accessible and affordable. By reducing out-of-pocket costs for students and families, New Jersey is limiting the amount of debt that residents must borrow to attend an in-state, public college or university. This program further builds on Governor Phil Murphy’s commitment to improving college affordability.

New Jersey residents who attend an in-state, public, four-year institution and have an annual adjusted gross income (AGI) between $0 and $65,000 will pay a net price of $0 for tuition and fees during their third and fourth years of study. Students who have AGIs between $65,001 and $80,000 will pay a discounted net price of no more than $7,500 for tuition and fees. GSG covers the cost of tuition and fees that are not already covered by federal and state financial aid or other scholarships. Students must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits per semester) and must be working toward completing their first Bachelor’s degree.

Additional information can be found here.

UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS – NEW JERSEY ALTERNATIVE FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION: The New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application allows undocumented students in eligible New Jersey colleges and universities to apply for state financial aid (such as grants and scholarships).

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

The NJ Application must be received by NJ HESAA by their established deadlines to be considered for grants and scholarship. Additional information can be obtained through the Office of Financial Aid.

NOTE: New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application is a confidential application that is used solely by the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) to qualify students for state financial aid. It is not used for federal financial aid purposes. Information that is shared with HESAA via this application is used only by HESAA and partner colleges, universities, and other state agencies in order to administer grants and scholarships. HESAA will do everything within its authority and jurisdiction to protect the ongoing confidentiality of this information. 

THEDREAM.US: The Dream.US scholarship opportunity is for undocumented students and DREAMers! This scholarships awards up to $29,000 to community college transfer applicants with an associate’s degree and up to $33,000 for high school graduate applicants obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Scholarships are awarded to help cover tuition, fees, books, supplies, and transportation expenses for students who would otherwise be unable to attend college.

For additional information, please visit TheDream.US.

HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) empowers students and parents with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing support services and scholarships to as many exceptional students, Scholars, and Alumni as possible. HSF strives to make college education a top priority for every family across the nation, mobilizing communities to proactively advance that goal—each individual, over a lifetime, in every way they can. HSF also seeks to give its Scholars all the tools they need to do well in their course work, graduate, enter, and excel in a profession, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come. As one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations, HSF has awarded over $675 million in scholarships and provides a broad range of programs and support services for students, parents, HSF Scholars, and HSF Alumni. For more information about HSF or to apply to be an HSF Scholar, please visit HSF.net/scholarship.
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