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Have you thought about what you want to do next with your education? The Bucknell Community College Scholars program is for high-achieving, low- to moderate-income community college students who want to earn their associate's degree ... and then take their education further.

Earn a Bachelor's Degree from Bucknell

The program provides financial and administrative support to help Scholars experience life at Bucknell through a summer program and then earn a bachelor's degree from Bucknell.

For More Information

Contact Caro Mercado, associate dean of admissions and director of partnerships at 570.577.1681 (cm054@bucknell.edu) or Holly Gauger, administrative assistant at 570.577.1366 or holly.gauger@bucknell.edu.


Scholars must:

  • show potential to succeed in a bachelor’s degree program at Bucknell
  • have a GPA of about 3.5 or higher
  • have completed at least 12 community college credits as of January 15
  • demonstrate leadership abilities and problem-solving skills
  • have a low- to moderate-income* financial status

*Defined as Adjusted Gross Income below $60,000 for families or below $30,000 for independent students.

Six-week Summer Program

If accepted, you’ll come to Bucknell for a six-week summer program and

  • live on Bucknell’s campus
  • take two courses
  • receive a stipend
  • participate in campus orientation,team-building, research, technology and writing activities

Community College Partners

Students currently enrolled in the following community colleges may apply to the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program:

  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Garrett College (Maryland)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Montgomery County Community College (Pennsylvania)

Each community college partner is limited in the number of students who may enroll, so please get in touch with the contact person at your school early. The BCCSP application (pdf) provides the contact information for the counselor at your college.

Apply to Bucknell

After you complete your associate’s degree at your community college, if you enroll at Bucknell, you will:

  • benefit from academic advising
  • visit Bucknell in the months ahead of your arrival to meet your Bucknell faculty and student mentors and become familiar with campus
  • receive an Individual College Plan tailored to your needs, including an academic plan, a financial aid plan and a calendar
  • receive tuition for two years of full-time enrollment at Bucknell
  • get additional support for the cost of room, board, books and more (depending on your need)


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