NEWTOWN, PA — The Bucks County Community College Foundation (BCCCF), in partnership with the Michael G. Fitzpatrick Foundation, has officially appointed professional leadership coach Chris Seifert to serve as a “Success Coach” to each student who is accepted into the Fitzpatrick Scholars Scholarship Program.
In this role, Seifert will guide students on reaching their potential inside and outside the classroom through various endeavors, including academic support, community service, and civic engagement activities.
Applications open February 1 and scholarship recipients will be selected over the summer of 2023 for the 2023-24 academic year. Scholarship award amounts will vary and will be based on financial need. Interested student applicants can visit https://www.bucks.edu/scholarships/michaelgfitzpatrickscholarsscholarship/for more information.
“I am extremely excited to add this new role as a private Success Coach to my responsibilities at BCCC. Serving these scholars as a positive influence will be an honor." said Seifert. "I look forward to guiding our next generation of civil servants to fulfill their personal potential while making a meaningful, lasting impact on our communities."
Seifert also serves as the Student Engagement and Leadership Development Director at the Bucks County Community College. Ten years before his role at BCCC, Seifert worked as a professional leadership trainer, consultant, and speaker, working with schools, students, and educators across the United States and China.
“The Bucks County Community College Foundation couldn’t find a more perfect fit than Chris for the Michael G. Fitzpatrick Scholars program," said Bucks County Community College Foundation’s Executive Director Christina Kahmar. "His enthusiasm for student success is an asset to our community college and our students. Chris can motivate and empower our students to realize their greatest potential. We are grateful to offer such an exciting opportunity to Bucks students and are looking forward to awarding the first cohort of students."
The Michael G. Fitzpatrick Scholars Scholarship Program is taking applications beginning February 1. The program is open to students who demonstrate a genuine interest in public service. Additionally, student recipients will be required to attend public service-related events at the college.
The stipulations and guidelines are as follows:Students of Bucks County who need additional financial assistance to attend college Students who commit to engagement with a college-appointed success coach Students who will attend college event(s) related to public service, such as an annual panel discussion on public service named in Michael's honor
Michael G. Fitzpatrick Scholars will also be encouraged to establish themselves as a member of the Michael G. Fitzpatrick Scholars Student Club, which will emphasize public service.
In support of this new program, the Michael G. Fitzpatrick Foundation will establish an ongoing partnership with the Bucks County Community College, advocating for scholarship recipients and providing programmatic support. In addition, the foundation has committed to making contributions to BCCF for at least three years with a minimum donation of $180,000, further establishing the fund while contributing towards the employment of a success coach.
The Scholars Scholar program has been created in memory of and honors the legacy of longtime Bucks County Commissioner and Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, a dedicated and tireless public servant. Preference for the scholarships will be given to families of Veterans and First Responders.
The Bucks County Community College Foundation’s mission is to advance the college as a community of excellence and act as a supporting partner in Bucks County Community College’s efforts to provide a quality education to all interested and active learners. The Foundation approaches local, regional, and national supporters to create partnerships and raise funds, assistance, and awareness in support of both new and existing educational opportunities. Learn more at: https://www.bucks.edu/discover/foundation/
About the Michael G. Fitzpatrick Foundation
Created by family and friends of the former Bucks County Congressman and County Commissioner, the Michael G. Fitzpatrick Foundation is a non-partisan charitable organization established to honor and preserve Michael’s legacy. The foundation will hold a fundraising event at the Tyler Formal Gardens on Sunday, June 4. Learn more at: https://www.michaelgfitzpatrick.org/Get more local news delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for free Patch newsletters and alerts.