Published June 30, 2022

Generosity of donor community leads to transformational year at Rutgers

The Rutgers community experienced a rebirth this past academic year. After one of the most challenging periods in our university’s history—marked by physical isolation, emotional uncertainty, and fear for the well-being of family and community members—our campuses returned to life with a renewed energy and sense of purpose.

Thanks to the dedication of Rutgers’ donors and the commitment and resilience of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, this year was one of the most exciting in our 256-year history. Here are a few highlights:

Rutgers continued to fulfill its Scarlet Promise to students. Building on last year’s donor-led $10 million effort, President Holloway’s new Scarlet Promise Initiative aims to raise another $50 million—which will create opportunities for thousands of students for whom a world-class Rutgers education might otherwise be out of reach.

The Rutgers Summer Service Internship Initiative further established Rutgers as a leader in its commitment to public service. Energized by financial gifts large and small, this effort will enable an annual cohort of students to spend the summer of their second or third year in public service internships.

Our dynamic academic and scientific leaders made many new discoveries—from research into neurodegenerative diseases to the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems—that will have a profound impact on the world.

The Rutgers community celebrated many milestones, including the opening of the Rodkin Academic Success Center and an appearance by the women’s soccer team in the Final Four of the College Cup, that will drive the success of our hardworking student-athletes.

Rutgers amplified its role as a community partner with the opening of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services as well as groundbreakings for The New Jersey Innovation and Technology Hub, an emerging epicenter of innovation, and the Brandt Behavioral Health Treatment Center and Residence—the centerpiece of a broad initiative ensuring young people in New Jersey and beyond will have access to world-class behavioral health treatment and support.

Affirming Rutgers’ ongoing leadership in public health and the battle against COVID-19, our scientists developed a lab test to quickly identify which variant of the coronavirus has infected a person, an advancement that greatly assists health professionals in tracking the disease and treating patients.

These accomplishments are possible only because of our thoughtful and generous donor community. All contributors, no matter what dollar amount they choose to give, strengthen our community and help Rutgers create a better, brighter future—across New Jersey, the nation, and the world.