Giving Back

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

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.

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 Master of Health Administration was awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) in early 2021. The MHA is committed to providing a health management education that is challenging, dynamic, and rewarding; it enjoys a strong collaborative environment and a practitioner-based faculty that connects theory to practice.

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:

Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established at the time of the founding of the Bloustein School in 1992, the Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Scholarships are provided to select, meritorious scholars in the pursuit of their academic goals, with deference to deserving students in financial need.

Bloustein School Academic Excellence Fund

Gifts to the Bloustein School lead the way in academic excellence and inspire the next generation of professionals to tackle society’s most challenging problems. The Bloustein School Academic Excellence Fund supports undergraduate, graduate, and faculty initiatives that promote academic excellence across the departments, programs, centers, and institutes.

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Hardship Fund

The Student Hardship Fund has been established by the Dean’s Advisory Board as emergency funding for our students.

Edward J. Bloustein School Alumni Association Endowed Graduate Fellowship

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

Edward J. Bloustein School Planning Healthy Communities Fund

The Planning Healthy Communities Initiative (PHCI) is a partnership dedicated to promoting the integration of public health impacts into planning and decision-making with a goal of fostering healthier and equitable communities. PHCI is an initiative of the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in collaboration with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Edward J. Bloustein School Scholarship and Fellowship Funds

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.

Graduate Fellowship for Social and Environmental Justice

Awareness of the long-standing challenges affecting disadvantaged populations, particularly people of color, has grown over the past decade. These challenges were noticeably exacerbated in 2020 by the pandemic and its economic downturn. Issues such as income inequality, food insecurity, voting rights, healthcare disparities, disproportionate environmental impacts on disadvantaged communities, immigration rights, and sexual orientation are all prominent in political and policy discussions. This Fellowship will support students whose courses of study have an emphasis on applied topics of social and/or environmental justice. To increase and maintain the educational benefits of diversity, so long as it is permitted by law, the donor desires that consideration be given to students who are members of a minority group that is underrepresented at the Bloustein School.

Dorothea Berkhout Bloustein School Staff Professional Development Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide at least one annual award to support professional development for staff of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy working in administration – e.g., including but not limited to HR, finance, IT, development, events and facilities, alumni relations and outreach, student affairs, communications, and departmental or dean support.

The Bloustein School welcomes inquiries about funding priorities. Please contact Janet Cole, Director of Development at 848-932-2816 or janet.cole [at] 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.