Summer Send-Off Reception Held for Bucknell Summer Scholars

A Summer-Send Off Reception was held to celebrate the two students selected to participate in the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program (BCCSP) on Thursday, May 4, 2017 on the McHenry campus of Garrett College. The Garrett College students offered a spot in Bucknell’s summer session as part of the BCCSP program include Ashley Elliott of Grantsville and Liutauras Repsys of Lithuania. Ms. Elliott is studying psychology within the social and behavioral sciences while Mr. Repsys, an international student, is in pursuit of the mathematics and sciences for foundational work in pre-medicine.


Pictured from left to right are: Robert Smith, Bucknell University alumni and Garrett College Foundation Board member; Susie Crawford, Chair of the Garrett College Foundation Board; Liutauras Repsys; Ashley Ruby, Coordinator of Advising and Academic Support; Dr. Sarah Garrett, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services; Dr. Richard Midcap, President. Ms. Ashley Elliott was unable to attend the reception.

In addition to the scholars, in attendance at the reception were faculty and staff of Garrett College, college administrators, Foundation and Board members, Bucknell alumni, and many other members of the college community. Students were presented with a Bucknell themed gift item from the Advising & Academic Success Center of Garrett College as well as GC pins from Ashley Ruby, coordinator of the BCCS program at GC. “I take on my role of coordinator of this enterprise with great pride, a wealth of heart and compassion, and I truly do believe in the life-changing influence the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program has to offer. I look forward to celebrating the many achievements of these young scholars, both today and into the foreseeable future,” stated Ruby during the reception.

The two celebrated scholars will attend Bucknell for six weeks beginning this June and enroll in two courses – such as Biology of Stress, Psychology of Attraction and Close Relationships, and Statistical Literacy for the 21st Century. During this time, the scholars will live on campus and experience a glimpse of what life as a Bucknellian would be. Following that, they will return to GC this fall, bringing their Bucknell credits along, and complete their final year of community college, culminating with commencement next spring. Just prior to graduation, the scholars will have the option to apply for the BCCSP transfer scholarship, which would provide full tuition coverage while the students pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at Bucknell, as well as continued mentoring. No other students, outside the BCCS program, are eligible to apply for this generous scholarship.

The primary purpose of the program is to provide access to a higher (private) education to students that, under normal circumstances, may never be able to achieve. It is more than just a transfer scholarship. The program is designed for high-achieving, low- to moderate income community college students who aim to earn their associate degree and wish to take their education further. Garrett College is one of only five community college partners in the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program.

The students that apply for and are selected to participate in this opportunity are among Garrett College’s top 5%. “Some of Garrett College’s best and brightest have traveled this path – international students, a state senate candidate, engineers, a dentist, a veterinarian, environmental advocates, business gurus, sustainability advocates, and many others,” commented Ruby.

Recruitment efforts for the Bucknell University Summer 2018 Community College Scholars Program Cohort will soon launch, beginning with summer registration of new entering students to the College this fall. In addition to providing information on the College website, resources are readily available around campus. “A program like this can only exist with the support, advocacy, and informative nature of an enthusiastic student support team – our faculty and staff.” Ruby said.

Guidelines for entry into the Bucknell University Summer 2018 Community College Scholars Program are as follows: potential students must achieve a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the first semester and beyond (mid-term grades can be a good indicator of this), have a low to moderate family income, complete at least 12 college level credits by the end of fall semester, be primarily enrolled in college level coursework, and declare an associate of arts degree program of study.

Ruby will be holding informational sessions regarding the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program at the Garrett College McHenry campus in November. Interested students will have the opportunity to visit the Bucknell University campus in February 2018. After meeting the academic and financial criteria, potential scholars must apply and attend the summer program immediately prior to community college graduation. Students then return to the community college to complete the associate degree, and are eligible to apply for the Two-Year Transfer Scholarship to Bucknell University.

For more information about the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program in addition to other transfer opportunities available at Garrett College, contact Ruby at Garrett College at 301-387-3733 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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