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Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Mountain Scholars Program

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A free program supporting the academic success of students of color.

The Mountain Scholars Program is designed to increase the academic success of all students of color. It is available to all students of African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Cape Verdean, Chicano/Latinx/Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multi-racial descent.

Participants in the Mountain Scholars Program will receive:

  • Specialized advising and orientation to help you adjust to GCC and follow you through to graduation
  • A customized first year schedule that includes:
    • A first year seminar course combined with Sociology 101
    • Free first semester classes in English, Sociology, History, Math, and Business

Students in the Mountain Scholars’ first year seminar class will learn about:

  • Connection and community
  • Developing college success strategies
  • Becoming self-directed learners
  • Exploring a field of study
  • Developing an academic plan and mapping a pathway to completion

Any applicant or current student who is a person of color can apply for participation in the Mountain Scholars Program.

Greenfield Community College is excited to help you on your way to success as a student, in your career and all your aspirations!

For more information, contact Leo Hwang, hwangl@gcc.mass.edu.

Who is considered eligible for the Mountain Scholars Program?
The Mountain Scholars Program is eligible to all current and entering students of color (African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Cape Verdean, Chicano/Latinx/Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multi-racial).

Can dual enrollment (high school or home school) students participate?
Yes, but dual enrollment students need to also fill out the GCC Dual Enrollment Application.

Do I have to enroll in certain courses at GCC as a Mountain Scholar?
Yes, to qualify as a Mountain Scholar you must take at least one cohort class with an embedded first year experience course, but you can take up to three additional cohort classes at no cost. 

Will these credits transfer to another college?
Yes, all cohort classes are General Education Foundation courses that transfer to any Massachusetts public higher education that participates in the Massachusetts Transfer Compact.