June 2, 2010
HARRISBURG – HACC-Lancaster Campus students Zinkal Bhutwala of Lancaster and Nathaniel Nauman of Ulysses, Potter County, are among six HACC students who will attend Bucknell University this summer with scholarships earned through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
They joined Capri Dubois and Jonathan Fertal from the Harrisburg Campus, Amanda Frey from the Lebanon Campus and Emily Gallagher of the York Campus for a recognition dinner recently at C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center on the Harrisburg Campus.
Bhutwala enrolled at HACC after her family came to the United States from India in 2008. A biology major, she hopes to be a doctor some day. She recognizes the opportunity given to her and looks forward to the summer experience.
“It means a lot to me,” she said, admitting she is nervous about being away from home. “It can be good for me—a new experience and everything.”
Nauman, a mathematics education major, looks forward to the opportunity as well.
“It is a great opportunity, especially since it will help with finances in future years,” he said. “Also, Bucknell is a very prestigious school, so I’m looking forward to getting an excellent education.”
Dory Leahey, HACC dean of retention services, oversees the Cooke Foundation program for HACC.
“It's hard to believe that we have selected our fifth cohort of Bucknell Community College Scholars students,” said Leahey. “In addition to the six students planning on participating in the Bucknell Community College Scholars program this summer, we have five previous scholars who have been accepted to Bucknell this fall, 10 scholars currently attending Bucknell—four of which just graduated this spring—and three previous scholars who graduated from Bucknell during the spring of 2009.”
Students attending Bucknell this fall are recent HACC graduates Sean Fortney of Mechanicsburg, Danielle Renno of Spring Mills, Matthew Hager of Carlisle, Jessica Slagle of Gettysburg and Jay Knaub of Middletown.
The four students who graduated from Bucknell this spring are Nicholas Gehman of Bowmansville, Angie Arthur of Dallastown, John Tilghman of Millerstown and Jason Zawisky of Harrisburg.
The spring 2009 Bucknell graduates were Heather Ingram of Gettysburg, Elena Mihaylova of Hershey and Kevin Schneck of Camp Hill.
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 community college students with low to moderate incomes.
Bucknell scholars first attend an all-expenses paid summer orientation, then return to HACC to complete an associate degree. They can apply to transfer to Bucknell to earn a bachelor’s degree.
If accepted, Bucknell provides $42,000 to $52,000 in a financial aid package to each student a year depending on financial needs.
For more information about scholarship opportunities at HACC, contact Heather Reber, scholarship coordinator at 780-1168 in Harrisburg or 800-222-4222, ext. 1168.
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