More and more students are choosing an alternate path to earning their bachelor’s degrees. They opt to begin their postsecondary educations in community colleges. After a year or two, they transfer credits and complete their undergraduate degrees at four-year institutions.
“Students who begin their college careers at community colleges are extremely important to us,” said Vice President for External Relations Patty Karthauser (’75). “We want them to complete their degrees at Nebraska Wesleyan when the fit is right. They bring a special kind of diversity and experience to our campus.”
Administrators at Iowa Western Community College, Metropolitan Community College and Southeast Community College recognize the value that a Nebraska Wesleyan degree can have for their students. In fact, two of the three community college presidents are themselves Nebraska Wesleyan alumni. SCC President Jack Huck graduated from NWU in 1969; MCC President Randy Schmailzl graduated in 1976.
To help area transfer students, Nebraska Wesleyan University has created the Bridge Transfer Scholarship. The Bridge Scholarship offers an automatic $1,000 award to eligible students transferring to NWU from any of the three community colleges. Students may use the Bridge Transfer Scholarship for Nebraska Wesleyan’s traditional undergraduate programming or for Wesleyan Advantage—NWU’s program for working adults in Lincoln and Omaha. The scholarship begins once transferring students begin their sixth credit hour.