Giving Back

Student Hardship Fund

We are pleased to share a new initiative to provide resources to students experiencing financial hardship attempting to address specific, unexpected, and extraordinary problems that are in accord with the school’s mission.

Created with seed money from the Dean’s Office, we seek to support research and service activities relating to the public good-focused mission of the school. This fund presents a unique opportunity for students to “give back” to the school’s mission of improving public good, given individual capacity and ability, and work one-on-one with a faculty/staff member and gain professional experience that is suited to the student’s interests and skills. These activities may result in contributions to areas of society impacted by COVID-19 – e.g., employment, education, energy use, air quality, health care infrastructure, data, and training.

Please join us in supporting the Bloustein community in continuing the excellence in research and service for which we are well known. To donate follow the link below to the Bloustein School Academic Excellence Fund.



If you are a student seeking to apply for funding from the Bloustein School Academic Excellence Fund to Alleviate Student Hardship, please click here.


World-class faculty. High-level professional and research staff. Dedicated support staff. Diverse and talented students. Active alumni.

The Bloustein School is continually striving to expand our relevance in critical areas and meet the needs of the community at large. We foster a highly-collaborative academic, scholarly and professional environment, preparing students to be the planning, policy and health leaders of tomorrow, conducting cutting-edge, policy-relevant research and scholarship, cultivating leadership in public engagement and community service, and addressing the crucial policy issues of our time.

With more than 5,000 alumni across the United States and around the world, Bloustein School alumni can make a difference.

Support Bloustein

The Bloustein School supports a wide variety of educational activities, including undergraduate programs, master’s degree programs, and doctoral degree programs, as well as outreach programs and conferences for professionals and alumni.

The Bloustein School serves as Rutgers University’s premier center for the theory and practice of planning and public policy. The school’s graduate urban planning program is ranked #3 the nation among schools of planning and accredited by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ASCP) and the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). The public policy program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), and the school is a leader in areas such as smart growth, transportation policy, workforce development, urban redevelopment, energy and environmental policy, public health, and conflict resolution.

The undergraduate public health major became one of the first standalone baccalaureate programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2016. College Factual has ranked the Bloustein School among the Top 10 best colleges for a major in public health since 2016. In 2018 and 2019, the program was ranked the #1 program for veterans interested in studying public health.

Support from alumni, friends, and partners enhances the school’s ability to educate the next generation of professional leaders, and to achieve national distinction in both our research activities and degree programs.

We invite you to make a gift and make a difference for students and faculty by supporting one of the following dedicated funds:

Endowed by the Bloustein School Alumni Association, this fellowship provides a meritorious award to a full-time graduate student annually.

Gifts are used to support qualified students in graduate urban planning, public policy and doctoral programs. Merit-based aid is awarded to students in several forms. Tuition support is also provided for deserving students with demonstrated financial need.

Putting our public service ethic to work, gifts provide support for several nationally recognized research centers and collaborative programs in housing, transportation, workforce development, public health, economic development, ecological balance, and social justice for the disadvantaged.


The Bloustein School welcomes inquiries about funding priorities. Please contact Jennifer Senick at 848-932-2904 to discuss how to make a gift, where to direct your contribution or any other questions you may have about supporting Bloustein, or the Rutgers University Foundation at 848-932-7777 for additional information and inquiries.