SWEET SCHOLARSHIPS: In the tech and business-centered Silicon Valley, The Mellon Foundation is looking boost opportunities for community college students to study the humanities. To do that, the scholarship Foundation announced it will be sponsoring “Humanities Mellon Scholars,” a $2 million grant program with Foothill-De Anza Community College District and the University of San Francisco. The money will specifically support a new program for underrepresented students working towards transferring to humanities programs at USF. The grant will include increased support services such as designated faculty advisors, financial support to cover course materials and opportunities for paid internships in students’ field of study.
In addition to completing USF transfer requirements, participants at the Foothill-De Anza colleges will complete an extra 20-unit humanities course path and receive a certificate upon completion.
According to an announcement from the Foundation, the program will begin in fall 2017 and 70 students will be chosen to participate each year.