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IMPACT [ THE POWER OF GIVING AT RUTGERS ] PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK ROMANENKO, RUTGERS ATHLETICS OUR RUTGERS, OUR FUTURE s u p p o r t . r u t g e r s . e d u s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 B y the time David Kolchmeyer SAS'14 had narrowed down his college choices to Rutgers and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the spring of 2010, MIT had already courted him extensively, hosting him for a weekend on campus and offering multiple shadowing opportunities. However, the school's recruiting efforts lacked one major component: scholarships. "MIT wasn't offering any sort of merit-based financial package," says Kolchmeyer, a physics major and honors student from East Brunswick, New Jersey. By contrast, Rutgers was offering him a Presidential Scholarship that would cover room, board, and tuition expenses up to $23,000 a year. "My parents and I discussed how difficult it would be for them to send me to MIT," he says, referring to the cost. After a comprehensive tour of Rutgers' physics department convinced him its undergraduate program was comparable to MIT's, "it just didn't seem smart to say no to the amount of money Rutgers was offering," he says. In addition to the Presidential Scholarship, Kolchmeyer received several private scholarships for academic excellence. In total, his scholarship package covered the entire cost of his education and allowed him to focus not only on succeeding academically but also on the all-important résumé builders: research and extracurricular activities. Four years later, Kolchmeyer is one of Rutgers'— and the nation's—most distinguished students. He has already spent time in Geneva, Switzerland, performing particle physics research at CERN, host to the world- famous Large Hadron Collider. In January, he won the prestigious Churchill Scholarship. Awarded to only 14 students nationwide, the scholarship allows Kolchmeyer No-brainer A too-good-to-refuse scholarship package led physics honors student David Kolchmeyer to choose Rutgers over MIT. to spend next year at the University of Cambridge in England pursuing a master of advanced study degree in applied mathematics and theoretical physics. In fall 2015, he will enter graduate school at Harvard, completely debt-free. Was Rutgers the right choice? There is no question in Kolchmeyer's mind. "I can't imagine how things could be better, especially with regard to where I'm poised to be next year," he says. "At Rutgers, I've always had access to the resources necessary to be successful, and for that I'm very, very grateful." —Jen Reiseman Transforming Student Experience W H A T D O E S I T M E A N F O R Y O U T O J O I N T H E B I G T E N ? Mikaela Matthews, junior, volleyball: The Big Ten is a huge, huge conference for volleyball. It's going to be great competition that's going to push us a lot and make us better all-around as a team. Kyle Holder, junior, track and field: I'm real excited to go and race the Penn States, the Michigan States, the Indianas, Ohios. It's the highest level of competition. You always want to race someone at your level or even better because they push you to be that much better. H O W I M P O R T A N T A R E A T H L E T I C S C H O L A R S H I P S T O R U T G E R S ' A B I L I T Y T O C O M P E T E I N T H E B I G T E N ? Ken Theobold, junior, wrestling: To compete with the other big schools, we need scholarships. We have a lot of New Jersey natives on the wrestling team, but recruiting people from other states, such as California, Ohio, and Missouri, will help the program here. Morgan Pfaff, junior, swimming and diving: The more scholarship funding, the more fast recruits we can get. We'll be competing against some of the best programs in the country. Money will play a big part for us to get faster swimmers and more of them. H O W W I L L B E I N G I N T H E B I G T E N C H A N G E T H E G A M E - D A Y E X P E R I E N C E F O R F A N S ? Brianne Reed, junior, soccer: The conferences we were in before had strong teams but it's going to be a more competitive level, more consistently. The Big Ten had three teams in the top 10 this past year, so we're going to have big teams in our stadium. Our stands could be even more full than they were last season. Quentin Gause, red-shirt junior, football: Every game is going to be packed. It's going to be a crazy atmosphere and the whole team will be excited. I'm looking forward to going out there and showing that we can play against these teams. » » » — Amy Vames The Big Ten brings opportunities to compete with the nation's best and a new national visibility for the entire university. Along with these opportunities comes the need for more investment in recruitment and in training and competition facilities. Your support can help Rutgers compete with its new peers. Rutgers is about to introduce a groundbreaking honors program to attract and retain the highest- achieving students. Offering competitive scholarship packages and creating unique learning experiences will be central to this effort. Your support can help draw more students like David Kolchmeyer and provide them with an education like no other. support.rutgers.edu/IMPACT Be a Part of This Moment Scholarship recipient David Kolchmeyer is now one of Rutgers'— and the nation's—most distinguished students. support.rutgers.edu/IMPACT Be a Part of This Moment Headed for the Big Ten Entering the Big Time When Rutgers enters the Big Ten ® conference on July 1, its teams will face some of the best in the nation. Six student-athletes, all of whom receive privately funded scholarships, explain why it's such a big deal—and what they need to compete.

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