Shorelight Global Scholarship Program


Program Summary

Students at any of Massachusetts’ 15 community colleges are invited to apply for the new Shorelight Global Scholarship created by Shorelight Education, a Massachusetts based funder and manager of global education partnerships. The scholarship represents a partnership between Shorelight Education, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Bath Spa University, United Kingdom, that seeks to expand opportunities for students with demonstrated entrepreneurial aspirations. 

Scholarship recipients will be provided with a full two-year scholarship, inclusive of tuition, housing, and airfare, to attend the undergraduate School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Bath Spa University in Bath, England, beginning in the 2015 fall semester. This two-year commitment will enable recipients to complete the required coursework leading to the conferring of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree.

This scholarship aims to help aspiring and motivated community college students turn their business ideas into reality through the combination of a rigorous academic curriculum with real-world resources available in the Bath-Bristol region - a major innovation hub and the UK's second largest community of tech startups. Students will enroll at the Bath Spa University’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship, and have the opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial ideas while learning the fundamentals of business operations and management in an international setting.

Candidates with academic interests in business-related disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Who Is Eligible?

This scholarship opportunity is tailored towards individuals who have a wide variety of goals ranging from starting new businesses, offering a new product or service, creating an innovation, commercializing an invention, and beyond.  Ideal candidates are students who are creative and self-motivated individuals who have the passion and drive to dream and create something new.

Applicants must be a current Massachusetts community college student and must be or meet the following criteria:

Eligible Institutions

The 15 Massachusetts community colleges:

Award Amounts

The Shorelight Global Scholarship for community college students provides two-years of tuition, room and board and airfare for full-time study.  The projected estimated value of the scholarship is approximately $85,000 for the two year commitment.  The program is jointly sponsored by Bath Spa University and Shorelight Education. 

Approximate costs to be covered by the scholarship (based on current exchange rates).

Tuition for two years:     $50,000
Housing for two years:   $22,000
Additional living costs:   $11,000
Air fare from Boston:     $2,500

How to Apply

The deadline for the Shorelight Community College Global Scholarship program is May 15, 2015.  Interested candidates must do the following:

  1. Submit an electronic application by the scholarship deadline of May 15, 2015 at the following link: https://secure.osfa.mass.edu/sgsapplication/

    The application must include:
    • A 500 word essay describing your motivation, background, influences in life and how they relate to your desire to join the program;
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members at your current college;
    • An official transcript from all colleges attended, and
    • A two-minute video that illustrates your creativity and passion to join the program.  Videos should be uploaded to YouTube.  Please provide a copy of the URL specific to your video in the space provided on the online scholarship application.  Due to privacy considerations we suggest uploading the video as “unlisted”, unlisted videos are not available for public viewing. 
  2. Complete a scholarship interview with the Scholarship Selection Committee (if selected as a finalist).  Interviews are expected to be scheduled and completed by May 1, 2015. 
  3. Send all recommendations and academic transcripts to:

    Shorelight Global Scholarship
    Office of Student Financial Assistance
    454 Broadway, Suite 200
    Revere, MA 02151

For further information, interested students may also contact:

Department of Higher Education
Office of Student Financial Assistance
(617) 391-6070
OSFA-SGS@osfa.mass.edu    

More Information

About Shorelight Education

Shorelight Education is a U.S.-based education company that is focused on partnering with leading nonprofit universities to increase access and drive success for international students, boost institutional growth, and enhance an institution's global footprint. Our purpose is to Educate the World – a call to action that defines our people and our point of view. We are committed to inspiring change that creates more opportunities for students and cross-cultural exchange, ultimately leading to better, more healthy, peaceful, respectful, compassionate and sustainable communities
For more information visit:  www.shorelight.com.

About Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University offers pre-degree study, undergraduate degrees and postgraduate degrees, focusing primarily on arts and humanities subjects, supported by a strong outcomes-based provision. Whatever path students wish to follow – research, enterprise and teaching – Bath Spa University provides the full range to ensure students can tailor their learning to support their future career direction. Their offer is unique and compelling, providing students with a university experience that is distinctive, challenging and fulfilling, allowing them to embark on their future careers with confidence and success.
For more information visit:  www.bathspa.ac.uk.