Boston University’s Metropolitan College Creates New Scholarships for Mass. Community Colleges

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(Boston) — Boston University’s Metropolitan College today announced a new scholarship program for select graduates from five Massachusetts community colleges: Bunker Hill Community College, Middlesex Community College, Mass Bay Community College, Roxbury Community College, and Northern Essex Community College.

Starting this fall, 25 students per year will be get half their tuition for part-time studies — for up to 12 credits per semester — under the partnership between America’s fourth largest independent university and the five public institutions. BU’s initial investment in this scholarship program represents more than a quarter-million dollars.

“Boston University values the important work of the local community colleges. Through Metropolitan College, we will bridge the associate’s degree with our bachelor’s degree programs,” said Jay Halfond, dean of Metropolitan College. “Too often, students believe that the costs of attending a major private university are prohibitive. We plan to identify the best graduates across several fields of study and offer to share the costs of their bachelor’s degree.”

Representatives of the community colleges are being briefed today at BU on how to nominate graduates, who need a 3.0 GPA to qualify. Each school will be awarded five scholarships, one each in five academic areas: biomedical laboratory and clinical sciences; computer science; criminal justice; liberal studies; and management studies.

BU’s Metropolitan College offers evening and weekend continuing education classes at the Boston campus, various military and corporate sites, and online for working adults. It is one of the 17 schools and colleges that make up Boston University, which has a total enrollment of more than 29,000 students.

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