Brookdale is the third community college to sign an agreement with Drew in the past two months.

Drew President MaryAnn Baenninger offers a "cohesive four-way pathway."
Drew President MaryAnn Baenninger offers a “cohesive four-way pathway.”

October 2015 – Continuing its drive to attract honors students, Drew University signed an agreement with Brookdale Community College that gives top graduates incentives to enroll at Drew.

The deal, unveiled Oct. 19 by Drew President MaryAnn Baenninger and Brookdale President Maureen Murphy, provides scholarships for top Brookdale students to become juniors at Drew. To qualify, they need to complete Brookdale’s honors program with a minimum grade point average of 3.50.

Drew will provide up to $20,000 a year in scholarships for students with at least a 3.50 G.P.A. and up to $25,000 annually for those at 3.75 or higher, according to Robert Massa, senior vice president for enrollment and institutional planning. Also, Phi Beta Kappa students are eligible for an additional $2,500 a year.

The first Brookdale students to qualify for the new program are expected to arrive at Drew in the fall of 2016.

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Brookdale President Maureen Murphy notes an added benefit.

Drew’s agreement with Brookdale follows similar pacts with County College of Morris and Raritan Valley Community College. Each was struck in the past two months, and a fourth is expected soon.

Collectively, the deals enable Drew to expand and improve its pool of prospective students and give top students an opportunity to seamlessly transfer to the school and earn a four-year degree. And with scholarships, that degree becomes more affordable.

“What I love about this is that it’s a cohesive four-year pathway for honors students for whom this is the right approach,” Baenninger said during a signing ceremony at Drew’s Mead Hall. “And it gives them an opportunity to think of their time at Brookdale and their potential time at Drew as a piece, and to plan for that in a different way than they might do if they were collecting credits and planning to go on to a four-year institution.”

Murphy noted another benefit.

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Brookdale’s honors program requires a 3.50 grade point average.

“We are going to be keeping young people in New Jersey,” she said. “That’s something that all of us who live in New Jersey struggle with. We export our future and community college students like to transfer locally.”

Brookdale is in Lincoft, N.J., about 51 miles south of Drew’s campus in Madison, N.J.

“This is pretty local and they’ll stay here and continue to make a contribution,” Murphy added. “So, I anticipate that we’re going to have many, many good years to come.”