Rutgers University has officially launched a $1,000 scholarship to “trouble” students who are “underperforming academically and socially.”
The scholarship will be offered in the fall semester, the university announced on Tuesday.
The scholarship is part of the university’s effort to encourage students to “rethink their lives,” the university said in a statement.
The scholarship is open to students who currently are enrolled full-time, are pursuing degree programs and are struggling with academic and social challenges, the statement read.
The announcement comes after the university faced a backlash from some students, alumni and community members who felt the scholarship was a direct endorsement of their own academic performance.
Many questioned whether the scholarship amounted to an endorsement of students’ academic performance or if the money would be spent on other purposes, according to the university.
“The scholarship offers no financial aid whatsoever, and will be used solely for students to take responsibility for their own learning and self-improvement,” the statement reads.
“The scholarship will not be available to students for additional credit.”
Students can apply online to be eligible for the scholarship, which costs $5,000 per year.
Students who have a valid student ID will receive an email from the university informing them that they will receive a $5 scholarship.
The university will then give the money to each of the recipients for their tuition and fees, the release said.
The university said that the scholarship is intended to be a “bridge” between students and their professors.
“We encourage students who feel that their academic performance is not up to par to consider taking a more active role in their academic endeavors by pursuing a program of study that will help them to get better grades and improve their overall academic standing,” the release reads.
“This is an opportunity for students and alumni to have a meaningful role in the university and to get involved in a conversation about how to improve their own educational experience and the experiences of other students,” the press release added.
The release did not specify which programs were offered.
“As a public university, we strive to help all students achieve their full potential, and this scholarship will give Rutgers students the opportunity to be proactive in the classroom and to support their classmates,” said Chris LaPorte, associate vice president for academic affairs and external relations.
The decision to launch the scholarship came after an announcement last month that Rutgers had suspended its “Rutgers Leadership in Higher Education” program, which was designed to encourage more students to pursue academic and professional opportunities.
The program offered financial aid to those who attended private, public or online courses.
Rutimes student affairs department announced last month it was launching a new program to “help students to better prepare for college, and to help students with the difficult transition to the workforce.”
The “RUN,” which will be led by senior academic affairs major James R. Stapleton, will provide financial aid and career-development support to Rutgers students who have graduated from Rutgers and have completed a four-year degree program.RUN, which is named after a Rutgers basketball player, is one of a number of initiatives Rutgers has been launching to help underperforming students.
The school has launched a scholarship for underperforming seniors in the Fall semester.
And the university has launched the “RISKS,” which it says is a partnership with a leading nonprofit organization, the Center for Opportunity and Inclusion, to provide financial support to low-income Rutgers students.