Transfer Scholarships for High-Achieving Graduates
The NCC Foundation awards transfer scholarships for high-achieving NCC graduates who make a commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. These students have worked hard at NCC, excelled in their academic disciplines, and realize the value of further postsecondary education in improving economic security for themselves and their families.
The Foundation Scholarship Committee reviews all transfer applications including each applicant’s financial resources and personally interviews each candidate. All scholarships are paid directly to the student’s account at the four-year school. The NCC Foundation administers and monitors all scholarship awards and tracks student outcomes.
Transfer scholarship funding is intended to reduce loans or make it possible for students to work less outside the classroom and complete their degrees more quickly. Here are the highlights of our three primary transfer scholarships:
The LEAP Transfer Scholarship offers financial assistance and opportunity to NCC’s top scholars who, despite all social and economic obstacles, graduate from NCC with academic distinction of a 3.5 or higher GPA. They must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and agree to pursue their bachelor’s degree on a full time basis. Since 2008, the NCC Foundation has provided $919,000 in LEAP scholarships to 120 students attending 35 colleges and universities including Bard, Columbia, Fairfield, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Sacred Heart, University of Bridgeport, the CT State Universities and UConn. Please download the LEAP program summary for more information.
The Dream Transfer Scholarship supports childhood immigrants who graduated from U.S. High Schools, graduate from NCC with a 3.0 or higher GPA, but are not yet U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The selection is based on a combination of academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, community service, and financial need. A mentor is provided to each student through the NCC Foundation.
The RN to BSN Transfer Scholarship will work to address the critical need for bachelors trained nurses (BSN) at Stamford, Greenwich and Norwalk hospitals. In 2011, the Institute of Medicine released a landmark study, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health which recommended that 80% of nurses should be prepared with at least a BSN. Hospitals seeking Magnet Recognition for their nursing programs must have a plan in place to reach this goal by 2020.
To meet the growing need for bachelor’s-trained nurses, NCC has created a strategic partnership with Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) that includes coursework and instruction on the NCC campus. Students take 30 credits over four academic terms to earn a BSN from WCSU. During the Fall 2014 launch, 23 of the 27 enrolled students were NCC alumni. The additional bachelor’s degree tuition is $14,000, which can be a big hurdle for our students, who typically spend less than $8,000 for their Associate Degree/RN.
At the NCC Foundation, we are committed to offering nursing transfer scholarships and will be targeting NCC nursing graduates from the past three years who demonstrate a commitment to Fairfield County through residency, current employment or both.
When we started the transfer program in 2008, the Foundation awarded 11 scholarships and 100% of these NCC graduates also graduated from their four-year schools. This year we awarded 50 scholarships. The dollar amount of these awards is constrained by the funding we currently receive, which must be 100% generated each year; there are no funding reserves.