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New Bucks Scholarship Provided By Fitzpatrick Foundation

Program Supports Bucks County Community College Students Focused On Public Service Careers

Article by Julie Brown Patton

Photography by Michael Fitzpatrick Scholars Scholarship Program

Originally published in Newtown City Lifestyle

Applications are open for scholarship recipients via the new Michael G. Fitzpatrick Scholars Scholarship Program, which is devoted to students with interests in public service. Recipients attending Bucks County Community College will be selected over the summer of 2023 for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, charitable Scholars Scholarship program honors the legacy of Michael Fitzpatrick, longtime Bucks County commissioner and congressman, who passed on in 2020 at age 56 after a 12-year battle with cancer. Preference for the scholarships will be given to families of veterans and first responders.

The program also connects students with financial resources and a success coach, and requires recipients to attend public service-related events at the college, such as the new Michael G. Fitzpatrick Scholars Student Club. For consideration, students must complete their FAFSA, answer required essay questions, and submit the online application.

James Fitzpatrick, Michael's father, says family and friends established the Michael G Fitzpatrick Foundation in memory of Michael's legacy of selfless public service. "It's our hope these scholars, during their time in school and after graduation, will establish and promote a countywide 'peace corps' of selfless public service," he adds. 

Fitzpatrick Foundation representatives committed to contributing to the Bucks County Community College Foundation for at least three years, with a minimum donation of $180,000, further establishing the fund while contributing toward employing a success coach. At press time, that coach was secured in the services of Chris Seifert, a professional speaker, workshop director, actor, performer and former paralegal. He is a district director and board member of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils. He's also president and founder of Weaver Training & Development, which focuses on leadership training and programs for students and businesses.

For additional details regarding this opportunity, visit Call 215.968.8223 or email with questions. 

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