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JetBlue Airlines: Broadening Horizons for Urban New York Students

Learn more about UVM's urban partnerships and transportation benefits

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Did you know?

One of the founders of JetBlue, Alex Wilcox '94, is a UVM alum.

In 2001, the University of Vermont established an urban partnership with Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx. The program was designed to give students from the Bronx a chance at higher education and to introduce a college setting outside of New York City.

Since the beginning, JetBlue Airways has contributed hundreds of round-trip tickets between Burlington and JFK International Airport that enable students, faculty, and administrators from UVM and the Bronx to travel between Vermont and New York. The company has also committed $50,000 annually to fund scholarships for partnership students who enroll at UVM.

The program begins as early as 9th grade with advising on applying to college, financial aid and the academic challenges of college life. The partnership now includes two other schools in the Bronx, Pelham Preparatory Academy and Collegiate Institute of Math and Science. More than 200 students from these schools have enrolled at UVM since 2001.

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Last modified January 07 2013 04:38 PM