Mellon Foundation Awards Grants to Increase VCCS Student Transfers to VCU


Each year, hundreds of Virginia Community College (VCCS) students transfer to four-year colleges and universities to continue their educational journeys. Now, thanks to a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, VCCS is working with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to build a seamless transfer model between the institutions.

Over three years, J. Sargeant Reynolds (JSRCC) and John Tyler (JTCC) community colleges will partner with VCU to align their arts and humanities programs so students can complete the first two years of their educations at community college before transferring to VCU to earn a bachelor’s degree. The goal of the initiative is to increase the number of transfer students in the arts and humanities, and, more importantly, to ensure that these students are prepared to compete successfully for careers or graduate education.

In addition, the grant provides for a select group of Mellon Fellows identified by the community colleges to participate in undergraduate research and learning experiences beyond those available to today’s transfer students.

The Mellon Foundation awarded $1.48 million to the VCCS, and $868,000 to VCU to support the planning and execution of this new transfer model and follows similar collaborations in Cleveland, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Baltimore, and New York City.