by Diane VanDyke
Nine Montgomery County Community College students will soon be attending Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., through the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program.
Six of the students—James Brown, Lansdale; Gemma Dugan, Elkins Park; Bethany Grandy, Pottstown; Andrew Mastrocola, Harleysville; Joon Ha Park, Lansdale; and Nicholas Salvo, Worcester—will participate in a six-week summer program at Bucknell.
During the summer program, the students enroll in two courses and work with student and faculty mentors. The program is free to the students and includes tuition, room and board and books.
The students who participate in the summer program then have the opportunity to apply to Bucknell in 2011, 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—Brian Fisher, Royersford; Richelle Kozlusky, Red Hill; and Aylin Dincer, Norristown —were selected to attend the university in the fall as juniors with full-tuition scholarships from Bucknell. Allison Cseko, Telford, who also attended the 2010 summer program, started at Bucknell earlier this year for the spring semester.
The Bucknell Community College Scholars Program enables high-achieving, low-income community college students to complete their undergraduate education at the university. The program is part of a national initiative funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which was established in 2000 by the Estate of Jack Kent Cooke.
“Mr. Jack Kent Cooke would be so pleased,” said Mark Davies, Bucknell’s Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and the liaison for the Community College Scholars Program. “He would be smiling on this audience and particularly on these students.
“Growing up in the depression, Mr. Kent Cooke did not have the opportunity to go to college, but he saved his resources over his lifetime and left the money to the foundation to create these opportunities for students,” he said, during the College’s reception on May 18 honoring the students on their acceptance into the program.
Montgomery County Community College has participated in Bucknell’s Community College Scholars Program since 2007. Since then, 30 students attended the summer residency program and 21 students transferred to Bucknell on full-tuition scholarships.