COA Woos Community College Grads

BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic is renewing a program begun in 2009 to offer a $15,000-a-year scholarship to all accepted community college graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or better.


On Friday, Feb. 26, the college is inviting community college and other transfer students to an open house, to experience a day in the life of COA. Interested students are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 17 by calling 800-528-0025.

Students transferring to the college with an associate’s degree will receive two years of COA credit. Those requiring need-based financial aid may be eligible for funds beyond the initial scholarship.

COA was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is to enabling students to actively participate in shaping its future. Community college graduate Taj Schottland, a COA senior, says that he was glad to have the time to adjust to college by attending a community college close to home. After two years, he says, he was ready, both academically and emotionally, to transfer to College of the Atlantic. “COA provides the same small class sizes and accessible, dedicated professors that I came to expect at the community college. It is full of students like me who truly want to receive a good education. COA has allowed me to reach new educational heights I didn’t think possible before I came here.”

Upon transferring to COA from a community college, students must successfully complete two courses from each of the college’s three resource areas: Arts and Design, Environmental Science, and Human Studies. One class in each field can be transferred from previous work. Additional requirements include a 10-week internship and a 10-week final project, the culmination of a COA education. Students have conducted original scientific research, created full business plans, written novels, filmed documentaries, mounted gallery exhibits and done extensive oral history research for their projects.

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