The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) is partnering with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) to offer a "bioscience pathway scholarship" for students that provides academic, social and financial support. Pathways to Professions in Bioscience (P2Bio) will award 10 annual scholarships along with career advising and research opportunities for a future career in life sciences.
“This is an amazing transfer and career pathway for community college students pursuing a four-year degree in Life Sciences at UNH,” said Leslie A. Barber, Ph.D. Great Bay Community College professor of biology and CCSNH faculty fellow. “Through this program, students have the opportunity to enter a growing industry that prepares them for employment opportunities in an exciting and wide-ranging field that has tremendous growth opportunities all while receiving financial, academic and social support along the way.”
P2Bio is open to eligible students who complete an associate degree program at Great Bay Community College, Manchester Community College or NHTI-Concord’s Community College and transfer to UNH’s College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Scholarship recipients will receive $10,000 per year for two years, faculty mentoring, career preparation and advising. They will also be eligible for an additional $5,000 towards an undergraduate research experience or the Ecoquest semester abroad program in New Zealand. The scholarship is for the UNH portion of the pathway.
Participants will engage in professional skills workshops while they are students at a participating community college and continue in a professional skills seminar once they transfer to UNH. This seminar will teach skills associated with collegiate academic success and career preparation while building a supportive cohort of peers and establishing a network of faculty mentors.
Over the past decade, job growth and employment in the life sciences industry has soared creating a range of opportunities. Life science studies living organisms such as plants and animals and includes career pathways in biomedical science, biology, biochemistry, genetics, forestry, marine, estuarine and freshwater biology, neuroscience and behavior, wildlife and zoology.
For more information on this program, visit the P2Bio website.