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Mellon Pathways Program and Mellon Research Fellows

The Mellon Pathways Program is a new partnership between Reynolds Community College, John Tyler Community College (Tyler), and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The program offers pathways, resources, and support for students who are completing their associate's degree at Reynolds or Tyler and planning to transfer to VCU to complete their bachelor's degree in the arts or humanities.

Students participating in the Mellon Pathways Program also have the opportunity to apply to become a Mellon Research Fellow, where they will receive a stipend to support conducting a research project with a faculty member and presenting their work at a year-end colloquium.

Being a part of the Mellon Pathways Program provides students with access to resources and a support system to enhance their academic success. It also gives them an opportunity to save money on tuition by taking classes at the community college that count: count towards their degree, count in their future, and count for transfer.

Mellon Pathways Program

The Mellon Pathways Program offers pathways, resources, and support for students who are completing an associate's degree at Reynolds and planning to transfer to VCU to complete their Bachelor's degree in the arts or humanities.

A: We encourage applications from students who plan to complete their associate’s degree at Reynolds and then transfer to VCU for a Bachelor’s degree and:

  • are planning to major in Anthropology, Art History, English, Foreign Language, History, International Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Theater or are undecided and planning to major in a Humanities or Arts field
  • have completed 15 or fewer credits*
  • are able to attend half-day orientation at the Parham Road Campus on August 22 from 1–4 p.m. or September 10 from 3–6 p.m.

A: Students will receive enhanced advising about course selection, transfer logistics, and financial aid, along with major and career exploration, and additional support through and after the transfer process. In addition, as part of the Pathways Program, students will:

  • Participate in free activities, events, and workshops at VCU, at Reynolds, and around Richmond.
  • Become acquainted with VCU before transfer and be part of a supportive community of students and faculty.
  • Have additional internship opportunities and preparation for career and graduate school goals.
  • Have the chance to become a Mellon Research Fellow and receive a $5000 stipend.

A: This program is open to students who plan to study Anthropology, Art History, English, Foreign Language, History, International Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Theater, or who are interested in majoring in an area in the arts or humanities, but are not sure which.

A: Each semester, each student will choose three Pathways Program social gatherings, workshops, campus tours, cultural outings, online modules or other events and have two advising sessions with their Transfer Coach and/or Transfer Coordinator. Continuation in the program requires:

  • Maintaining a 2.50 GPA and completing at least 6 degree-applicable credits with a C or better each fall and spring semester.
  • Completing ENG 111 and the first college-level MTH course in the semester immediately following completion of any MTE or ENF courses (excluding summer), and completion of ENG 111 and ENG 112 and the first college-level MTH course with a C or better in the first 30 credits.

A: Yes! This program is open to all incoming, returning, and current students with 15 or fewer credits.

A: If a student has more than 15 academic credits, but has at least three semesters left at Reynolds and would like to participate in the program, please contact your Reynolds transfer coach, Paul Williams ,to discuss and determine possible eligibility.

A: Log in to your VCCS/Reynolds email account and fill in the online declaration form to be considered for Mellon Pathways. Priority deadlines are August 1 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester. Declarations will be accepted year-round, but to be fully part of the program in a given semester, please apply by the priority deadline.

Mellon Research Fellows

Mellon Research Fellows are motivated Mellon Pathways Program students who will:

  • work with a faculty member on a research project
  • present at end-of-year colloquium
  • participate in at least one Mellon Program cultural activity or workshop per semester

Mellon Research Fellows receive:

  • preparation for upper-level university work
  • enhanced mentorship and advising
  • a $5000 stipend for the school year for use towards tuition, books, school supplies and equipment, professional development and student activities

Up to eight Mellon Research Fellows will be accepted into this program each year. If you are interested in becoming a Mellon Research Fellow, please contact your transfer coach, Paul Williams. apply by March 15 of your first year at Reynolds. Selection of the Mellon Research Fellows will be based on application essay, GPA and other evidence of commitment to obtaining a Bachelor’s degree.



Paul Williams, Reynolds Transfer Coach at or 804-523-5078
Ian Coyle, VCU Transfer Coordinator, at or 804-827-8216
Micol Hutchison, Program Director, at or 804-819-4978

Arts and Humanities Career Resources

Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of a humanities degree? Below are articles and resources that highlight the high employment prospects for humanities majors.

Study the Humanities: Make the Case

Mellon Foundation Reports on Liberal Arts Education

Liberal Arts Grads Win Long-Term
Inside Higher Ed, January 2014

The Economic Gains of a Liberal Arts Education
Inside Higher Ed, February 2019

Survey: Employers Want “Soft Skills” from Graduates
Inside Higher Ed, January 2019

Dear Liberal Arts Major: STEM Companies Need Your Skills to Grow, February 2019

Arts teaching could become more important than math in tech-based future
The Stage, February 2019