Samantha Cotton, a student in the Honors College at Rutgers University–Camden majoring in management, said the tuition-reducing Bridging the Gap program made her college decision easy. “Bridging the Gap means everything to me as a college student because it allows me to pursue what I love and want while not worrying about a great deal of debt. I can graduate from college and go right into starting my life without worrying about another bill. I was considering Rutgers–Camden before I knew about Bridging the Gap, but once I learned about it, it made my decision to come here easy.”
A First-Generation Student
Cotton is the first member in her immediate and extended family to attend college. “It is honestly a feeling like no other. I am glad to make my family proud and I hope to continue making them proud by pursuing my dreams.”
Honors College and Civic Scholars
A graduate of Williamstown High School in Gloucester County, Cotton benefits from the advantages for students selected in the Honors College. She also participates in Rutgers–Camden’s Civic Scholars program, a learning community of select students committed to civic engagement.
She said support from her teachers has been a tremendous benefit in her first year of college. “I enjoy the closeness that a lot of the teachers have with the students. If you are struggling in a class, it is easy to work with your professor and find a solution.”