Special Programs

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program
The National Institute of Health sponsors this program between SUNY/Binghamton, SUNY/Purchase, and Westchester Community College. Underrepresented minority students receive special benefits while they pursue their studies in the sciences and math. These students continue to receive support when going on to SUNY/Binghamton or SUNY/Purchase to pursue a baccalaureate degree in a biomedical field.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards scholarships to help students with exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need to reach their full potential through education. Each award of up to $90,000 will fund tuition, fees, and living expenses for two to three years of a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar’s undergraduate degree. To be eligible, a candidate must have completed freshman credits in 2010 at, or be a recent graduate of, an accredited community college or two-year institution in the U.S., have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in Fall 2011 and be nominated by his or her two-year institution.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Gilman Scholarship Program’s mission is to diversify the kinds of students who participate in education abroad as part of their undergraduate education. Through the Gilman Program, young Americans who would never have the opportunity to leave the U.S. are able to hone a second language, conduct research abroad, and prepare themselves for the global economy while serving as citizen ambassadors in their respective host countries. The Gilman Program is awarding nearly 2,000 scholarships annually. The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). For more information, visit, or call  1.888.887.5939.

National Science Foundation’s Pipeline Scholarship Fund
Eligibility: Full-time student majoring in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or Technology. Transfer students must have a GPA of 2.5 (3.0 for Purchase transfers); financial need; and be a U.S. citizen, refugee alien, or permanent resident alien.

Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarship
In 2010, the Morris K. Udall Foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or native American health care. To obtain a copy of the application form, visit

Vassar College Exploring Transfer/Exploring Research Summer Program
For Westchester Community College students who have completed a minimum of 18 credits. This 5-week residential program is designed to expand the transfer options of community college students by introducing them to a four-year liberal arts college experience. Students take two intensive, intellectually challenging liberal arts courses which are team taught by faculty members of Vassar and participating community colleges. The fully-funded program is particularly interested in enrolling students from minority and low-income family backgrounds who are underrepresented in selective residential private colleges.