First year – Transition
Following the four-week bridge program, Bloom Scholars will earn a $500 scholarship award and are expected to transition into and become active, engaged participants in the Cornerstone program—a year-long persistence and success model for select first-generation college students. The Cornerstone Program provides opportunities for educational and social engagement that promotes success and development in the university setting. Bloom scholars, in their first year (transition year) at Valparaiso University, will also continue to work with faculty and peer mentors as part of the program. Scholars who meet the standards of active engagement in the Cornerstone program and maintain a 2.5 GPA may be eligible for additional scholarship opportunities.