Tri-C awarded $2.5 Million to extend Science-Focused Scholar
Cuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C®) will continue building “bridges”
to success for science scholars through a new $2.5 million award
from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Grant is designed to help
community college students develop into future scientists. It is
focused on increasing degree attainment for underrepresented
groups in biomedical fields.
The program connects
two-year institutions with four-year colleges and universities
for continuation of study. Tri-C is partnering with Case
Western Reserve University and Cleveland State
The College has built a
record of student achievement since becoming a partner in the
NIH Bridges program in 1998. More than 250 Tri-C students have
completed the program, with 70% transferring to a four year
Of those transfers, half
went on to earn a bachelor’s degree. Twenty-nine of those
students achieved a master’s degree. Eight earned a doctorate.
“Doors to opportunity open
through the Bridges program,” said Geza Varhegyi, an
associate biology professor at Tri-C and director of the
program. “We’re proud to collaborate with Case and CSU to help
students begin building careers in the sciences.”
The new grant will provide
scholarship support to 75 students over the next five years. As
part of their studies, participants will work on research
projects with faculty mentors from Tri-C, CWRU and CSU and
present their findings.
tri-c.edu/bridges for more information on the program.