Students who attend this university go on to great things—sometimes really great things. Meet five graduates whose hard work at Rutgers helped earn them some of the nation's most exclusive scholarship awards and made the university the only one in 2014 to have recipients for each of these top scholarships.
David Kolchmeyer, Churchill Scholar
Physics, School of Arts and Sciences, 2014
Kolchmeyer is one of 14 to win this year’s Churchill Scholarship, which enables American students to spend a year at the University of Cambridge to complete graduate study. He will be pursuing the master of advanced study degree in applied mathematics and theoretical physics.
Benjamin Chin, Luce Scholar
Linguistics, School of Arts and Sciences, 2014
The Luce Scholars program seeks to enhance an understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Chin, one of just 18 who earned the award this year, plans on working in a drug-treatment facility in Bandung, Indonesia.
Matthew Cortland, Mitchell Scholar
Interdisciplinary Major and Art History, School of Arts and Sciences, 2011
The Mitchell Scholarship is awarded to 12 Americans each year and provides funding for graduate work in Ireland. Cortland will be studying mobile, tablet, and dynamic web application design at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Mike Alvarez, PD Soros Fellow
Psychology, Rutgers College, 2007
Granted to just 30 scholars each year, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans support graduate education. Alvarez, who moved with his family to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was ten years old, is working toward a doctoral degree in Communications as he investigates the social stigma of mental illness.
Natalie Jesionka, PD Soros Fellow
Journalism, Douglass College, 2007
Paul and Daisy Soros established their Fellowships for New Americans to aid graduate students who are permanent U.S. residents, naturalized citizens, or children of naturalized citizens. Jesionka, the daughter of Polish immigrants, plans to pursue her Ph.D. in sociology at The New School, researching issues such as human trafficking.