Bucknell University Bound: Graduates Transfer to Bucknell; Students Become Summer Scholars

Bucknell Community College ScholarsMay 20, 2014, Blue Bell, Pa.—Eleven Montgomery County Community College students will soon will be attending Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania through Bucknell’s Community College Scholars Program.

Six of the students—Alexa Colon, Chante Forde, Stephanie Harper, Daniel Krantman, Julia Tartaglia and Sarah Wochele—will participate in Bucknell’s Summer 2016 Residency Program.

During the summer program, selected 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 2017, and if accepted, they will transfer to the university with junior status on full-tuition scholarships.

Bucknell Community College Summer Scholars

Six Montgomery County Community College students were accepted into the Summer 2016 Residency Program as part of the Bucknell University Community College Scholars Program, which provides for tuition, room and board and books. Pictured are students Sarah Wochele, Daniel Krantman, Julia Tartaglia, Alexa Colon, Chante Forde and Stephanie Harper.

Five of the students who participated in last year’s summer program—Regina Guzman, Seth Hartley, Charles Hennessey, Malachi Musick and Kyle Steinke—were selected to transfer to the university in the fall as juniors with full-tuition scholarships from Bucknell.

Initially funded for four years by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program enables high-achieving community college students with financial need to complete their undergraduate education at the university. According to Mark Davies, Bucknell’s Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and the liaison for the Community College Scholars Program, the university is committed to continuing the program, which it has funded for the past six years.

Bucknell Community College Transfer Scholars

Five Montgomery County Community College graduates were accepted for fall 2016 transfer to Bucknell University with full tuition scholarships. Pictured are Kyle Steinke, Charles Hennessey, Regina Guzman, Malachi Musick and Seth Hartley.

During an annual scholarship reception on May 16, MCCC and Bucknell alumnus Nicholas Salvo spoke about how the program enabled him to reach his goals. After earning his associate’s degree at MCCC, he transferred to Bucknell on full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. This spring, he graduated from Bucknell again with a master’s degree in English Literature, and this fall, Salvo will continue his studies at Temple University with a Ph.D. fellowship in 20th and 21st century American Literature.

Alumnus Nick Salvo

MCCC and Bucknell alumnus Nicholas Salvo shares his experiences in the Community College Scholars Program. 

Montgomery County Community College has participated in Bucknell’s Community College Scholars Program since its inception in 2006. Including this year’s scholars, a total of 60 students attended the summer residency program. Including this year’s MCCC graduates, a total of 43 students will have transferred to Bucknell on full-tuition scholarships.

Bucknell University extends its program to five community colleges: Montgomery County Community College, Garrett College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Community College of Philadelphia and Harrisburg Area Community College. To learn more about the program, visit bucknell.edu/CommunityCollegeScholars.

- by Alana J. Mauger; photos by Sandi Yanisko