Career Connector Career Development Scholarship Program

Scholarship Overview and Purpose

Bridgewater College alumni work at top companies like Northrop Grumman, Augusta Health, and Amazon, and we know that to be competitive students must take part in career development activities that build bridges to their future selves.

Statistics show that students who engage early with the Center for Career Development do better in moving into their next endeavors after graduating, whether they be entering the workforce, attending graduate school, or volunteering in a human services capacity such as Peace Corps. Experiential learning opportunities help students connect academic lessons to the competencies that make successful employees and entrepreneurs. The $4,000 Career Connector Scholarship engages two first-year students in the Center for Career Development’s “Four-Year Career Action Plan” while also developing students’ knowledge and exposure to career development processes, gaining confidence in their professional abilities, and acquiring the leadership skills to guide their peers through our high-quality career education programs (while capitalizing on those resources themselves). Over the course of four years, award recipients will gain experience that builds career readiness for graduation and beyond. These activities include interaction with alumni and industry partners; development of resources such as resumes, cover letters, and professional LinkedIn accounts; and participation in preparatory events such as informational interviews, mock interviews, and career fairs; and individual career coaching for successful transitioning from college to career. Annually, the Center for Career Development (CCD) selects two first-year students to be Career Connector leaders in their class, and for participating, each student receives a $1000 scholarship per academic year to apply toward tuition.

Scholarship Details

Two incoming first year students will each receive a $4,000 Career Connector Scholarship that is distributed at the rate of $500 each semester over four (4) academic years and eight (8) semesters and applied to the student’s financial aid.

  1. Career Connector scholarship recipients will participate in programming devoted to career exploration, career development, and will be mentored by the Center for Career Development staff members. Over the four years of the student’s collegiate tenure, a minimum of 400 hours is required. This equates to roughly 5 hours a week each semester.
  2. Career Connector scholarship recipients are considered ambassadors of the Center for Career Development and Bridgewater College and will work alongside the Center’s professional staff to engage in activities that promote the Four-Year Career Action Plan program. This may include assisting with Career Center activities and programs, guest speaking in academic classes, facilitating Career Development programming for your BC peers, and other assigned duties.
  3. The service and activity hours will be a part of a four-year career readiness action plan that includes experiential learning and professional development, such as but not limited to: career exploration and assessment, building relationships with Bridgewater faculty and staff, interaction with alumni and industry partners, job search strategy, resume and cover letter development, participation in career and grad school fairs, and personalized career coaching.
  4. Failure to complete the required number of service hours or to comply with the standards of the Four -Year Career Action Plan program may result in reduction or cancellation of scholarship funding.
  5. Recipients will need to maintain a cumulative year-end GPA equal to or greater than 2.0 to renew the scholarship.
  1. Only candidates that are invited to apply via their Admissions Counselor are eligible.
  2. Candidates must be first-year students who plan to attend Bridgewater College and graduate within four years.
  3. Candidates must have filed a FAFSA with Bridgewater College.
  4. Personable and outgoing with demonstration of leadership, dependability, career-directed mindset, and team orientation.
  5. While enrolled at BC, recipients of the scholarship must be in good academic standing.
  1. Two Career Connector scholarships will be awarded
  2. Application deadline is 5:00pm on Monday, February 21st, 2022
  3. Applications will be reviewed with candidate selection by Monday, February 28th, 2022
  4. The Center for Career Development will select finalists and conduct in person interviews after the application deadline and prior to March 17, 2022
  5. Career Connector scholarship winners and runners-up will be notified by March 18, 2022
  6. Career Connector scholarship winners will receive instructions for assuming their new duties with Bridgewater College’s Center for Career Development in the Summer of 2022 for implementation starting in Fall Semester 2022
  7. To apply, please complete the online application below. Please allow plenty of time for writing a brief essay and answering questions requiring thought and reflection.

You don’t have to have experience in all of these areas – these are just suggestions to help you create the best answers possible for your application.

  • Take time to thoroughly read the application and make sure that it is filled out completely
  • Indicate answer that do not apply by “n/a” – this helps the reader know that you saw the question and did not accidentally leave it blank
  • Think your answers through thoroughly and completely – you are in competition with other students who also want a chance at $4,000!
  • We are looking for Career-Minded Students who have demonstrated experience in leadership, teamwork, communication, social media, dependability, promotions, and well-roundedness. When you answer the questions and complete the essay, think about your experiences and how they have defined these characteristics and skills. Give examples that tell your story. You don’t have to have all of these, but concentrate on your areas of strength. Here are some recommendations where you may be able to draw your experience:

Strong Communication Skills 

  • Participating in class discussions; being bold to ask questions and make statements
  • Making speeches and presentations in class, conferences, and assemblies
  • Holding an office where you conducted meetings and club activity
  • Holding a part time job where you engaged in customer service and resolving problems
  • Acting or other types of performance

Leadership Skills

  • Did you take a role of responsibility in a club, student government, athletic team, or other type of organization?
  • Willing to take responsibility in student government
  • Willing to take responsibility in clubs and other organizations
  • Did you see a need in your school and act to fulfill that need?
  • Did you do any volunteer work?
  • Did you take lead roles in class projects?

Teamwork and Dependability

  • Were you on a sports team or part of a club or organization? What role did you play?
  • Did you help with musical, theatrical, and other kinds of productions?
  • Did you work collaboratively on class and other projects?
  • Did you pitch in and help when needed?
  • Did you have a part time job where people relied on you?
  • Did you have a great record of attendance?
  • Were you promoted because of your responsibility and willingness to learn?

Overall Well Roundedness

  • Do you get along with people from diverse backgrounds?
  • Can you look at issues from different viewpoints?
  • Have you travelled either nationally or internationally?
  • Do you pay attention to what is going on in the world?
  • Do you have strong social skills?

 

Career Connector Program Application

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Career Connector Scholarship and the application process, please contact:

Sherry Talbott
Associate Director, Student Success and Programming
Center for Career Development
540-828-5369
stalbott@bridgewater.edu

If you have questions about admission to Bridgewater College or other concerns, please contact:

Jesse Bartley
Admissions Counselor
540-828-5465
Jbartley2@bridgewater.edu