by Diane VanDyke
Nine Montgomery County Community College students soon will be attending Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., through the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program.
Six of the students—Lydia Crush, North Wales; Brian Hipwell, Cheltenham; Mallory Murphy, West Lawn; David Reedel, Roslyn; Eun Shim, Horsham; and Ken Stephon, Doylestown—will participate in Bucknell’s Summer 2013 Residency Program.
During the summer program, the students enroll in two courses and work with student and faculty mentors for six weeks. The program is free for the students and includes tuition, room and board and books. Participating students then have the opportunity to apply to Bucknell in 2014, and if accepted, they will transfer to the university with junior status on full-tuition scholarships.
Three of the students who participated in last year’s summer program— Abu Chowdhury, Hatfield; Abigail Galloway, Pottstown; and Michael Guarini, Plymouth Meeting —were selected to attend the university in the fall as juniors with full-tuition scholarships from Bucknell.
Initially funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program enables high-achieving, low-income community college students to complete their undergraduate education at the university. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need.
During the scholarship reception on May 21, alumna Kristi Lynn Grandy spoke about how the program enabled her to reach her goals. After earning her associate’s degree at Montgomery County Community College, she transferred to Bucknell on full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Geology and an Earth science teaching certification. Grandy was part of the first cohort to complete the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program.
Montgomery County Community College has participated in Bucknell’s Community College Scholars Program since 2006. Including this year’s scholars, a total of 48 students attended the summer residency program, and, including this year’s graduates, a total of 31 students transferred to Bucknell on full-tuition scholarships.
While the Jack Kent Cook Foundation provided funding for the first four years, Bucknell is committed to continuing the program, said Mark Davies, Bucknell’s Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and the liaison for the Community College Scholars Program.
Bucknell’s program extends to five community colleges: Montgomery County Community College, Garrett College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Community College of Philadelphia and Harrisburg Area Community College.