$3M gift boosts Transfer Bridges to the Humanities@Michigan

Source: LSA Communications

LSA has awarded $3 million in funding for its Transfer Bridges to the Humanities@Michigan program.

Housed in LSA, TB2H was established in 2018 in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is designed to help students at Michigan community colleges explore the study of humanities through majors, minors and co-curricular programs as part of the transfer process to the University of Michigan.

The program is currently at three community colleges: Grand Rapids Community College, Schoolcraft College and Henry Ford College, and is part of the overall Transfer Bridges program.

Transfer Bridges is part of LSA’s commitment to support community college students across Michigan throughout their transfer journey with advising, peer mentorship, connection with U-M co-curricular experiences and community building.

Students currently attending the TB2H partner schools can participate in internships with U-M Museum of Art Culture Corps Program and the Program on Intergroup Relations, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, the Detroit River Story Lab and optiMize’s Social Innovation Challenge.

The funding is part of a larger gift donated by the late LSA professor emerita and alumna Ilene Forsyth. The funds will make it possible for LSA to provide the TB2H experience to even more community college students across the state of Michigan, such as internships, courses and research opportunities.

This year, 326 students from the three partner community colleges participated in TB2H programming. For fall 2024, 73 TB2H students applied and 52 were admitted. The acceptance rate of 71.2% exceeds the acceptance rate for all transfer applicants to U-M.

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