Standout students from Washtenaw and Kellogg community colleges have won the inaugural Distinguished Albion College-Community College Transfer Scholarships. WCC graduate Chelsea Cutright and KCC graduate Christina Khim will attend Albion as full-time students in the fall. The scholarship covers 75% of Albion's tuition for a two-year period.
"We wanted to offer transfer students a scholarship that would reward strong academic performance and encourage them to attend Albion," explained Albion College President Donna Randall. "Many academically talented students are attending community colleges with the intent of transferring to a four-year program. Albion is a transfer-friendly college and this scholarship program clearly sends a warm welcome to these students."
"The scholarship feels like somebody saying, 'You did a great job -- we appreciate that and we're excited for you to be here.' That feels awesome," said Cutright, who plans to major in anthropology with the goal of becoming a field researcher or professor. Among the top three of her graduating class in high school, Cutright worked for seven years at the Washtenaw County Humane Society before feeling financially secure enough to enroll at Washtenaw Community College. Supporting herself while a full-time student was tough, said Cutright, but "this scholarship is going to make things a lot easier. I can focus on getting good grades and doing what I have to do."
A refugee from Burma, Khim was plunged into a radically unfamiliar environment upon entering Kellogg Community College in 2010. "American students were very brave to ask the teacher questions," she recalled. "I struggled a lot until I got the rhythm of the ways American students learn and study." At Albion, Khim has been accepted into the Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management and plans to live on campus. "I am so excited to start learning new things at Albion that will change my life again," Khim said.
The Distinguished Transfer Student Scholarships were created as part of Albion's partner relationships with Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Lansing Community College, and Washtenaw Community College.
More information on Albion's Distinguished Community College scholarship program can be found at albion.edu/transfer or by contacting Karen Cuzydlo, associate director of transfer admission, at 517/629-0538 or .