Philadelphia University Initiates New Community Scholars Program with Community College of Philadelphia

Faculty members from the School of Business Administration recently met with students attending the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) at its Center City campus to discuss details of Philadelphia University’s Community Scholars Program (CSP).

Sessions took place over two days.  Elizabeth Mariotz, interim dean of the School of Business Administration, along with Andy LaFond, assistant professor of Taxation; D.K. Malhotra, professor of Finance; Ray Poteau, professor of Accounting; and Philip Russel, associate professor of Finance; informed CCP students and administrators of the many benefits the University’s CSP offers.  “Visiting CCP gave us the opportunity to speak directly with students about their academic interests and plans for achieving a four-year degree,” said Dr. Mariotz.  “We were able to show the academically successful students that our accessible location and wide selection of majors made Philadelphia University the perfect institution for them to pursue their bachelor’s degree.”

Philadelphia University will be offering scholarships annually to 50 CCP students who have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better and an associate’s degree in the areas of Accounting, Engineering Science, Finance, Liberal Arts, Marketing or Science; and desire to study in selected programs offered by the University’s Schools of Business Administration, Engineering and Textiles, and Science and Health. CSP recipients admitted to the University must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and select a major in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Environmental & Conservation Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Psychology or Biopsychology.

CSP was developed by the Offices of Admissions and Continuing and Professional Studies.  Frank Congdon, director of Continuing and Professional Studies, spearheaded efforts to implement the CCP agreement.  “By awarding scholarships to students with good grades, we can increase our enrollment in upper-division classes and majors while rewarding hardworking, high-performing, community-college graduates,” said Congdon, who modeled CSP after the University’s Accelerated Scholars Program that also awards scholarships to community-college graduates who enroll in the Accelerated Degree Completion Program.  “This is an interesting initiative that reflects a significant commitment to providing a path for two-year college graduates to complete their studies at Philadelphia University,” echoed Christine Greb, dean of Admissions, who helped Congdon tailor the CCP agreement to fit the interests of traditional day students.

“Our goal is to provide community-college graduates with a top-notch academic experience that culminates in a Philadelphia University bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Jeffrey Senese, vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of faculty.  “Furthermore, this agreement will also strengthen relations between the University and CCP.”

In addition to offering continued education to CCP graduates, the University hopes to develop similar Community Scholars Programs with community colleges in surrounding counties in the future.  For more information about CSP, contact Claire Gowen, associate director of Admissions, at x2800 or email

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