The Office of Institutional Diversity at the College of Charleston has launched a new one-year scholarship program for rising sophomores and juniors that awards up to $4,000.

The program, called Crossing the Cistern, is designed to address financial support and to help foster a sense of community among students, particularly students of color.

Rising sophomores and juniors with at last 30 earned credit hours and a GPA between 2.0 and 2.4 are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Aug. 11, 2017.

“Crossing the Cistern is a one-year momentum program to strengthen the College of Charleston’s commitment and shared responsibility to the inclusion, retention, and well-being of all students with a particular focus on African American, Latino, Asian and Native American students,” says Rénard Harris, associate vice president in the Office of Institutional Diversity and the College’s chief diversity officer.

The program has six specific components: scholarship, academic support, extra-curricular activities, volunteerism, internship and a year-long video diary project.

More information about the program and application guidelines are available on the Office of Intuitional Diversity website.