The best educational environments are diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Respectful celebration of difference enriches community dialogue and personal development. As such, a variety of programs support Colby’s rich diversity while promoting student success.
Dean of Studies Access Programs
Colby College is committed to supporting all of our students, and providing educational access and opportunity regardless of a student’s financial background. In pursuit of this goal, the Dean of Studies Office works with partners on campus on a case-by-case basis to identify and connect our students with available resources to help alleviate pressing situations that can interfere with academic success.
Here you will find a list of financial support programs designed to assist students with managing challenging situations outside of their ability to predict or control.
The Dean of Studies Office receives and responds to financial requests as quickly as possible. For time-sensitive needs, students should contact their Class Dean directly.
Factors taken into account when considering support requests include:
- Whether a student is on financial aid (some funds are restricted to students on aid)
- Whether a student has previously received emergency support funding
- What limitations there may be for specific types of funding
- What the specific circumstances of the request are
Support may come in the form of a loan or a grant. It will be made clear to you which form of support you are approved to receive and you will be able to accept or decline the offer before any actions are taken on your behalf.
Note: Each year, demand exceeds available funding, and in most cases these loans and grants will not cover the entire cost of an event or emergency. These funds are not a replacement for financial aid or for responsible financial planning, and are intended to cover incidental or unexpected costs of modest amounts. Requesting and/or receiving emergency funds will not affect a student’s annual financial aid award.
Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences
CAPS offers summer research opportunities for incoming first-years from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the sciences. It provides them with hands-on research experiences in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and other natural science disciplines. Students work closely with Colby professors in classroom, lab, and field experiences specifically designed to help them thrive in their first-year science courses and get the most out of their Colby educations.
The Posse Program
The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits, and selects student leaders from public high schools to form multicultural teams called “posses.” Posses are groups of 10 to 12 students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds who support each other and ensure that each member succeeds and graduates from college. Posses also work to increase interaction among diverse campus groups.
The Ralph J. Bunche Scholars
The Bunche scholarship program was started at Colby in 1979 to honor the memory of Nobel Prize-winning diplomat, civil rights activist, and friend of the College Ralph J. Bunche. Scholars are chosen because of demonstrated academic achievement and community involvement. Each is recognized through various efforts throughout the year, earns a learning stipend, and has access to resources to fund further learning and engagement in peace, international, and social justice studies.