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Brandywine students confidently ‘PaSSS’ their first summer at Penn State

For many newly minted college students, the first few weeks on campus can be daunting. That’s why several Penn State campuses, including Brandywine, launched the Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) program in 2015.
Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) pilot program

Summer program for first-year students expands

This summer, selected students at Penn State’s Altoona and York campuses will have the opportunity to get a head start on their first or second years of college by taking summer classes through the Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) pilot program. Now in its second year, the program supports students with unmet financial need by providing a scholarship, $400 book stipend, mentoring, social activities and on-campus employment.
student group poses in PaSSS t-shirts

Pathways to Student Success Summer Start (PaSSS) program at Penn State Schuylkill summer 2015

Pathways to Student Success Summer Start (PaSSS) students at Penn State Hazleton, summer 2015

taking a break from summer classes

Taking a break from summer classes

Tesi Washington, Brett Kimsel, Brad Ruhl, Gino Sanchez and Brittany Joseph, left to right, spend time studying on the campus lawn at Penn State Schuylkill, taking a break from their summer 2015 PaSSS classes. The group of freshman all formed close friendships as they spent their six weeks going to classes, participating in on and off-campus activities, and working in campus administrative departments.

Selfie at the Schuylkill campus Lion Shrine

Selfie at the Schuylkill campus Lion Shrine

The 2015 Schuylkill PaSSS students pose for a group selfie photo at the campus Nittany Lion Shrine. The students developed close friendships during the six-week session, not only in class, but in student-life activities like a trip to the beach, hiking, Knoebels Amusement Resort, campus scavenger hunts, and just spending time together around campus.

Schuylkill PaSSS students watering a garden as part of a sustainability program

Schuylkill PaSSS students watering a garden as part of a sustainability program

Mitchell Hornberger and Marisa Rios, 2015 Schuylkill PaSSS students, tend to the new campus community garden that was established as part of the campus sustainability program, Envision, Plan, Implement, Change, Sustain (EPICS).

Berks Spring 2013 graduates processing to commencement on campus

New summer program for students offers 'Pathway to Success'

Starting this summer, Penn State is piloting a program designed to provide freshmen at seven campuses the opportunity to earn scholarships while taking classes, working and developing a support network. Called “Pathway to Success: Summer Start Program” or PaSSS, the program is aimed at providing financial and educational support to students, while at the same time helping them graduate on time.