HSBC Bank has awarded a $5,000 grant to Purchase College for the Bridges to Baccalaureate program. Five students in the program will each receive $1,000 scholarships. The students will be chosen based on merit and financial need.
The Bridges to Baccalaureate program at Purchase College designed to help underrepresented minority students interested in the biomedical sciences make transitions at a critical stage in their development as scientists. The Purchase Bridges program is implemented in partnership with six community colleges—Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Westchester, Nassau and Sullivan. Students complete their associate’s degree at their community college and then work toward their bachelor’s degree at Purchase.
The Purchase Bridges Program is unique in that it was conceived as a national model for two-year to four-year collaborations in which a joint admissions program is set up between the community colleges and the baccalaureate institution. In addition to financial and academic support, key elements of the program include: advising by Purchase faculty; a Community College Lecture Series by Purchase faculty; frequent visits to community colleges by Bridges alumni, the Project Director, and Purchase faculty; frequent visits by community college students to Purchase; summer research programs at Purchase; and a senior research project which often builds on the summer research experience. After numerous visits to Purchase during the previous academic year and the Summer Research Program, the transition from the two-year institution to Purchase is a seamless, easy and familiar one. Seniors receive job placement and graduate/professional school assistance through Purchase's science faculty and Career Development Office.