Scholarships

Scholarships for Incoming Students

All students seeking need-based awards are encouraged to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The online form can be accessed at www.fafsa.gov. Submit your FAFSA online or by mail. The earlier the U.S. Department of Education's Central Processing System receives the application, the sooner the financial aid process can begin. The FAFSA becomes available October 1 of each calendar year. To receive maximum consideration for need-based or merit scholarships, we encourage you to file the FAFSA by December 1. If you submit the FAFSA by December 1, you should receive your online planning letter in mid-January. We strongly encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to submit the correct tax information on the FAFSA.

Competitive Merit Honors Scholarships

All entering Honors College students receive a competitive merit scholarship such as the Presidential, Henry Rutgers, Trustee, or James Dickson Carr scholarships. Scholarships are renewed for up to four years for students who maintain good academic standing and fulfill the honors GPA requirement of their enrolling school. Merit-based awards are competitive and are based on the academic strength of individual applicants, the overall strength of our applicant pool, and available funding. 

Harvey Schwartz Scholarship

This is an endowed scholarship established by Harvey Schwartz, President and Co-Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer of Goldman Sachs and a Rutgers alumnus. Two full-tuition scholarships are awarded to incoming students who have demonstrated academic merit and financial need, though not necessarily by federal guidelines. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

Honors College Dean’s Scholarship

This scholarship was established by a generous anonymous benefactor of the Honors College. Academic merit and/or financial need will be considered and scholarships are renewable up to four years.

Honors College Dean’s Out-of-State Scholarship

This scholarship was established by a generous anonymous benefactor to attract high-achieving out-of-state and foreign students to the Honors College. Academic merit and/or financial need will be considered and scholarships are renewable up to four years.

All students invited to the Honors College will be considered for the scholarships mentioned above. No separate application will be accepted.

Scholarships for Continuing Students

Honors College Scholarships and Grants

The following scholarships are available for current Honors College students in good standing who will be enrolled in coursework in the upcoming academic year. Scholarships will be awarded ranging from $500-$2000 for general support, but funds will be credited against any balance on a student’s account. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and a combination of merit and need for the following academic year and may not be used in a term after a student’s graduation. Scholarship recipients will be required to write a letter to the donor of their scholarship. The application process traditionally opens in December, but may vary from scholarship to scholarship.

Walker Family Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to help full-time Honors College students who have proven academic merit in their collegiate careers. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000, and may be renewable for up to three years. 

James F Dougherty Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship

This study abroad scholarship was established to provide assistance to students with financial need, affording them the life-changing experience of study abroad. Primary consideration given to full-time students studying in the area of Animal Science through the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences with preference to those with an interest in Pre-veterinary sciences. Secondary consideration will be given to students in the School of Arts and Sciences with a demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ issues and advocacy. One-time scholarships will range from $1,000-$2,000, given availability of funds. 

Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship (anonymous donor)

This study abroad scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to provide assistance to full-time Honors College students who have demonstrated academic merit and financial need. It is her hope that this scholarship will assist students with financial need, affording them the life-changing experience of study abroad. One-time scholarships will range from $1,000-$2,000, given availability of funds. 

Johnson & Johnson STEM2D Scholarship

Scholarship provided to help attract, support, and graduate women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, and manufacturing and design (STEM2D).

Honors College Changemaker Award

This annual award was established to recognize the student who has demonstrated awareness and commitment to service. The award will range from $500-$1,000. 

Honors College Student Emergency Fund

This fund was established to provide a safety net to students who are confronted with an unexpected emergency that could hinder their academic success. 

Social Innovation Research Fellowship

Awarded to students accepted into the Innovation Lab Course to support the development of their social innovation project through research, networking, and entrepreneurial efforts. The application will be available in fall of 2016.

Honors College Forum Research Grant

This grant is intended to help students enrolled in the Honors College Forum pursue travel or research related to the Forum but not covered by current scholarship support. 

School-Based and Department-Based Scholarships

Honors College students are encouraged to explore scholarship opportunities within their school of enrollment.

Scholarships and School-to-School Transfers within Rutgers-New Brunswick

Be aware that transferring between schools may mean different Honors College requirements and major offerings as well as a different scholarship. Please contact your Honors College Academic Advisor to review options and to discuss your academic standing and the possibility of a school-to-school transfer.

Scholarships at Rutgers are school-based, and with few exceptions are not transferable. If you have maintained strong academic standing, however, most schools will attempt either to match the merit award they offered you prior to admission (if you applied to them initially) or to approximate the award you presently have in your current school. 

Please note that these decisions are not automatic, and are made on a case-to-case basis by the schools. To inquire about your scholarship in the case of transferring, please contact Dean Nicole Baron.

Contact Us

 Address
5 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1167

 Phone
848-932-0990

 Email
honorscollege@rutgers.edu