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11 July 2007

HACC students of exceptional promise selected for Bucknell Community College Scholars Program

A group of students from HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, have earned a scholarship opportunity this summer and fall at Bucknell University through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative.

The six HACC students receiving summer scholarships to the university in Lewisburg include:

  • Blaise Diehl of York and Angie Seitz of Dallastown, both York Center students;

  • Leah Foltz of New Providence and Nicholas Gehman of Bowmansville, both students at the Lancaster Campus;

  • Jonathan Tilghman of Millerstown and Jason Zawisky of Uniondale, both at the Harrisburg Campus.

Transfering to Bucknell this fall are HACC graduates: § Heather Ingram of Gettysburg, from HACC Gettysburg Campus § Galen Stevenson of Harrisburg, Kevin Schneck of Camp Hill and Elena Mihaylova of Hershey, all from HACC's Harrisburg Campus.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative is designed to increase access to designated colleges and universities for high-achieving, academically prepared low- to moderate-income community college students.

Bucknell University, one of eight participating institutions, chose to partner with HACC and five other community colleges.

The university works with each partner community college to identify students for the Bucknell Community College Scholar's Program. In addition, for this year only, three students at each community college were given the opportunity to apply for immediate fall 2007 transfer.

Those attending this summer are taught by Bucknell faculty and faculty from partner community colleges. Upon completion of this summer program, students will return to HACC to complete their associate degree and apply for transfer to Bucknell as early as the next fall term.

The program provides $35,000 to $52,000 a year depending on financial needs. The funds cover tuition for two years full-time enrollment at Bucknell; additional support for costs of room, board, books and more. Academic support includes a Bucknell faculty mentor and student mentor; an opportunity to visit the university to meet mentors and attend classes; an individual college plan tailored to the students' particular needs, including an academic plan, a financial aid plan, and a calendar of significant events in which they may participate.

Jack Kent Cooke was a Canadian-American entrepreneur who became one of the most widely known executives in North American professional sports and left the bulk of his $825 million estate to establish the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to help those who are struggling achieve the same success that he enjoyed.

For more information about the scholarship opportunity contact HACC's dean's office of retention services at 780-2533.

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