About the Kessler Scholars Program

The Kessler Scholars, a Bobcat First Program, provides holistic support for a diverse community of high-achieving students who are among the first in their family to pursue a four-year college degree. Through peer-connections, co-curricular activities, workshops, academic support, and individualized guidance, the Kessler Scholars Program provides first-generation college students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed and thrive on campus and beyond. 

Each fall, the Kessler Scholars Program welcomes a new cohort of students to take advantage of this multi-faceted, transformative support, and to become active contributors to a close-knit Kessler Scholar community they help to create. Engagement with the program allows students to discover how to be their best and explore how their Bates degree empowers them to shape the future.

Read more on the Kessler Scholars Collaborative

Become a Kessler Scholar

We are currently recruiting our next cohort of Kessler Scholars from the incoming Class of 2028! Please use the form below to apply, or if you have any questions please reach out by email to Dri Huber at ahuber@bates.edu.

Who May Apply:

Students who have accepted admission to the Bates Class of 2028 and who are first-generation students. First-Generations students are students for whom neither parent/guardians have a bachelors degree at time of enrollment.

Selection Process:

Kessler Scholars are selected by a staff committee. The committee seeks students who come from diverse backgrounds and bring diverse experiences, have strong academic credentials and the desire to engage in all aspects of the Kessler Scholars Program.

Applications for the Class of 2028 cohort have closed

Program Benefits

Academic & Student Support
  • An exclusive first-year summer pre-orientation experience
  • Advising meetings with Kessler Scholars staff every semester
  • Access to the Extra-disciplinary Studies Courses “Designing your Bates Experience”
  • Exclusive Academic Success Workshops
Career & Leadership Development
  • Networking events across all Kessler Scholars institutions
  • Additional support for Job Shadows through the Center for Purposeful Work
  • 1:1 and group mentorship
  • Workshops focused on resume & cover letter writing, internships and research opportunities
  • Recreational and community building activities
  • A close network of peers
  • Community engagement opportunities in the larger Lewiston/Auburn community through collaboration with The Harward Center for Community Partnerships

Program Requirements

  • Be enrolled as a current student
  • Maintain good academic standing with a Cumulative GPA of 2.0 every semester
  • Meet with program staff once a semester
  • Participate in required Kessler Scholar events
  • Give back to the community each year through community engagement opportunities