Building Connections and Capacity for Student Success
Too often, colleges and universities work in silos, developing student programs and services within their own institutional boundaries. These silos can prevent institutions from working together, learning from one another, and creating innovative, evidence-based practices to support student success. The Kessler Scholars Collaborative seeks a different way forward.
We know that when individuals and organizations commit to sharing resources and expertise to achieve a common goal, amazing things can happen. Our partner institutions are building a network of first-generation student programs and creating a system of support that is bigger and more powerful than what a single college or university can provide on its own.
National Kessler Scholars Network
An initiative of the Judy and Fred Wilpon Family Foundation, the Kessler Scholars Collaborative formed in 2020 representing the six diverse colleges and universities featured below. In 2022, 10 new colleges and universities will join the Kessler Scholars Collaborative in a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the American Talent Initiative.
Cornell welcomed its first cohort in Fall 2019. Scholars at Cornell receive personalized, peer mentoring support, one-on-one advising, and summer funding to support experiential learning.
Johns Hopkins University
Launched in Fall 2020, the Kessler Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins University is specifically focused on supporting students in the social sciences and humanities.
Queens College joined the Collaborative in Fall 2020. Students receive financial support for internships or study abroad opportunities and take part in discussion-based cohort classes.
St. Francis College
At St. Francis College, the Robert McGuire Scholars program provides dedicated academic and career advising and cohort-based programming modeled after the Kessler Scholars.
Launched in Fall 2020, the Syracuse program selects 15–20 incoming students each year, and offers them dedicated support, community-building, and leadership development opportunities.
University of Michigan
U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts established the very first Kessler Scholars Program in 2008 with 15 students. Today, the program supports 160 undergraduate students throughout their time at U-M.