May 5th, 2020
Dixon announced as GC’s Bucknell summer scholar
Garrett College computer science student, Roger Dixon, has been selected to participate in the prestigious Bucknell Community College Scholars Program. Roger’s strong start at Southern Garrett High School and his commitment to academic excellence paved the way for him to grasp this tremendous achievement.
Dixon began his career at Garrett College as a junior at Southern Garrett High School.
"Garrett College and the Garrett County Public School system have built a robust dual-enrollment program that allows students to start earning college credit in high school," remarks Lucy Manley, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Garrett College. "By earning college credits while in high school, Roger afforded himself a jump start on his college education." In addition to credits earned through high school dual-enrollment, Roger also earned college credits through AP examination.
Dixon first learned about the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program from his high school physics teacher. The Garrett County Scholarship Program further solidified his decision to attend Garrett College after graduation.
While at Garrett, Roger has academically excelled in both his computer science and general education coursework. He also enjoys participating in the college’s first ever drone racing club alongside club advisor, Phil Malone. "The club is a great way to relax," says Dixon, "and it is a lot of fun to hang out with students and faculty alike."
Following some research and a strong desire to make his loving parents proud, he decided to apply to be a Bucknell scholar in February of this year. Program eligibility requirements stipulate that candidates must achieve a 3.5 cumulative GPA in an associate’s degree program, complete at least 12 college level credits by the end of fall semester, and fall within designated income guidelines.
"I had been planning to apply for this program since I was in eleventh grade and it had become a dream of mine," Dixon exclaimed. "When I found out I had been accepted I was ecstatic. I immediately rushed to tell my family friends, and my pastor Gloria who really helped me with my application and influenced me to become the best version of myself."
The students that apply for and are selected to participate in this opportunity are among Garrett College’s top five percent.
"The Garrett/Bucknell scholars I have been fortunate to work with over the past several years are all incredibly talented and driven individuals," commented Ashley Ruby, GC’s Director of Advising and Academic Success. "I have no doubt that Roger will make the best of this opportunity, despite the COVID-19 challenges, and go on to do phenomenal things."
Under normal circumstances, Dixon would attend Bucknell for six weeks beginning this June and enroll in two courses while living on the Bucknell University campus in Lewisburg, Pa.
The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has altered the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program dramatically. The traditional face-to-face summer program has been canceled while Bucknell University and the community college partners explore alternative experiences to keep scholars engaged with the program and the University.
Since he won’t be spending his summer in Lewisburg, Dixon plans to partake in some fishing and hiking this summer – two of his favorite hobbies. "I'm so grateful to have grown up in the beautiful area that is Garrett County."
Despite these changes, he will still have the option to apply for the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program transfer scholarship upon graduation, which would provide full tuition coverage while the students pursue a Bachelor’s degree at Bucknell, as well as continued mentoring.
"I absolutely intend to apply for the transfer scholarship," remarks Dixon. "The opportunity to attend a school as great as Bucknell with such a large scholarship is once in a lifetime. With a degree from Bucknell I fully believe that I can achieve my goals. So, without a doubt I plan to apply for the Bucknell transfer scholarship."
No other students, outside the Bucknell Community College Scholars 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 six community college partners in the country with access to the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program.
Recruitment efforts for the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program 2021 cohort will soon launch, beginning with summer registration of new entering students to Garrett 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, staff, and community." Ruby said.
Ruby will hold informational sessions regarding the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program at the Garrett College McHenry campus in October and November. Interested students will have the opportunity to visit the Bucknell University campus in February 2021. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.