Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2016-17

Vector Scholars

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Financial and academic support for committed students

The Vector Scholars program provides personalized support for students invested in their success, but in need of some financial and academic assistance.

The program, which forges personal connections among participants and the Tompkins Cortland community with an intensive pre-semester program in the first fall and programming throughout enrollment, helps dedicated students to:

  • Identify a clear academic direction
  • Develop academic success skills
  • Navigate a path to completion

Pre-Semester Program

The core of the experience is an intensive pre-semester program in August. All expenses for this will be paid (resident or commuter) for the pre-semester program while students join other new students, current students, and faculty and staff in a range of activities preparing them for a successful first semester at Tompkins Cortland.

The Benefits of Becoming a Vector Scholar

Discover and develop your strengths to apply them for college and career success.

Create early connections to the college community and resources.

Benefit from meeting faculty/staff  mentors, peer mentors, and an assigned financial aid counselor.

Develop an academic plan and a personal roadmap to graduation and beyond.

Have the opportunity, in many cases, to accelerate any developmental coursework you need.

Receive a stipend for textbooks and other course materials each semester.

Receive ongoing support through your enrollment.

Have fun doing it all!


Only 40 students will be accepted as Vector Scholars each year. They must be new, full-time students, meet income and academic preparedness requirements, and maintain good academic and judicial standing.

Applicants need to be 24 years of age or younger. Also, this must be the first semester of college OR applicants have previously earned 15 or fewer credits at Tompkins Cortland or another college and have been out of school for at least one semester. To see the full requirements visit the Applying to be a Vector Scholar page.

No Cost to Participate

There is no cost for participation in the program, but spaces are limited. All materials and program expenses will be provided. Pre-semester residence hall fees will be paid for residential students. Commuter students will receive transportation assistance.

The Vector Commitment

Scholars will actively participate in all required program activities (including some evening and weekend activities). Commitment will include full-time participation in activities during the pre-semester period approximately one and a half weeks before classes begin.

Scholars will be part of a small mentoring group.

Scholars will commit to attend and actively participate in all their classes.

Scholars will commit to actively take responsibility for their success at Tompkins Cortland.

For More Information

For more information contact Michelle Nightingale, 607.844.8222, Ext. 4441, or email

Find out about becoming a Vector Scholars Peer Mentor (for continuing students only).