Student Checklist

Step 1: Talk To Your Guidance Counselor

Tell your counselor that you want to be considered for a Pipeline Scholarship. If your school doesn’t currently have a Paul Smith’s College Pipeline Scholarship program, they can call us at 518.327.6297 to set one up! 

Step 2: Become a Pipeline Scholar Candidate

We are looking for students who want to make a great contribution to the culture through culinary, restaurant management or hospitality fields; who want a clear career path through college and who value a long-term partnership with a leading employer in the industry. We rely on the high school to recommend students and/or we hold a contest for short video applications.

Step 3: Accept the Invitation

If you are a successful candidate, your school will extend to you an invitation from the employer to a small dinner where you will meet representatives from Paul Smith’s College and the host employer.

Step 4: Ace The Interview!

Make that great first impression. Look your best, bring some knowledge about the employer and a question for them. Express your interest. The other guests will include candidates, a high school chaperone, a Paul Smith’s College admissions officer and/or workforce development officer, and the host employer.

Step 5: Tour The Campus

Attend a Paul Smith’s College campus tour for prospective Pipeline Scholars.

Step 6: Apply to PSC

… be sure to make your deposit by May 1.

Step 7: Get It In Writing

As soon as you are selected, you will receive a  Scholarship Offer letter to become a Pipeline Scholar!

Step 8: First Day Of College! Welcome & Success Plan Development

Students selected to the program receive a formal Welcome Letter from our Center for Academic & Career Success. Once students arrive on campus, this team will help them draft a Success Plan to share with you for review. This includes the proposed work/study schedule for the coming year or years.

Step 9: Make Progress Toward Your Career

The Center for Career & Academic Success will serve as the academic liaison for you with the employer Pipeline partner and the college faculty. You will have a success advisor to help you develop the necessary skills to get the final offer and to be successful in your field upon graduation. After graduation the Pipeline partner will make the final selection and hiring decision.

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Judy McCoy
Corporate Relations & Workforce Development
(518) 327-6297

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