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New Scholar Program available at Butler County Community College

Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 09:09

The Scholar Program provides additional opportunities for excelling student to achieve academic enrichment beyond the traditional college courses. Students gain a learning experience and will obtain critical thinking skills through this program.

Stephen Joseph, Dean for Library Services says, "The driving force behind this idea was President Neupauer. The Vice President for Academic Affairs Frances Spigelmyer and the Scholars Committee were instrumental in turning it into a reality. The committee of faculty and administrators created the framework and helped give it shape."

To apply to the Scholar Program, students must contact one of the coordinators, Stephen Joseph or Frances Spigelmyer. Current BC3 students must have at least 12 college-level credits and a 3.75 GPA, or at least 24 credits and a 3.5 GPA. Also, students are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a college professor or instructor. For a student transferring in from another institution the requirements are the same. To remain in this program a student must have a minimum GPA of 3.25. To graduate with a scholar designation, a student must have at least a 3.25 GPA and a minimum of 12 scholar credits in course work. Scholar graduates must submit a portfolio and deliver an oral presentation in front of the college scholar committee based on specified guidelines.

Nicholas Neupauer, President of BC3 says, "The Scholars Program is a wonderful example of how BC3 emphasizes teaching and learning. We have so many quality students and professors. This program allows each to benefit from one another and continue to set us apart as a quality institution of higher learning."

There are some major advantages to participating in the Scholar Program. A student who completes the program will have the Scholars designation on his or her diploma, and will be recognized at graduation. Scholar courses will be marked as such on your transcripts. Having this program on your record could be an advantage when applying to other colleges.

Stephen Joseph explains his thoughts on the program, "This program helps to dispel the unfortunate myth that community colleges are not as academically rigorous as four-year schools or universities. We have at BC3 the talent i

n both our students and our faculty to pursue high level investigation and scholarly work."

BC3 currently offers sixteen courses and more are on the way. Joining this program does not cost extra and will not affect the cost of your tuition. Participating in this program is a win-win situation for both students and faculty.

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