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Mellon Pathways Program

VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences is pleased to offer the Mellon Pathways to the Arts and Humanities Program.

This program supports and guides students during their studies at Brightpoint or Reynolds Community Colleges, and as they transfer to VCU. This program provides students with a solid foundation from which they can successfully study the arts and humanities at VCU. Once at VCU, the program’s transfer coaches and coordinators help keep students on track and on the path to success.

Additionally, the Mellon Pathways Program provides an immediate community for students at VCU and VCCS with regular social events, opportunities to work with mentors and plenty of other co-curricular activities. The Mellon Pathways Program provides students with a welcoming space in a larger university.

There are three ways to learn more about the Mellon Pathways Program:

Program Contacts

Janelle Marshall

Janelle Marshall

Peter Henry

Peter Henry
Assistant director

Ian Coyle

Ian Coyle
Transfer coordinator

Rose Monroe

Rose Monroe
Admissions coordinator

Faculty Mentors

VCU faculty members serve as mentors to Mellon Pathways Program students. If you are interested in serving as a faculty mentor, please contact Janelle Marshall, director, or Peter Henry, assistant director, of the Mellon Pathways Program.

Caddie Alford

Caddie Alford, Mellon Pathways Program faculty mentor

Caddie Alford, an assistant professor in the Department of English, currently serves as faculty mentor. “I was a first generation, homeless college student myself, so I am intimately aware of how much mentoring can impact someone's trajectory.” Learn more about her involvement in the program and why mentoring is so important.

Student Success Stories

Christine Singleton - B.A., English, ’23

Christine Singleton fell in love with literature at a young age, but the sudden death of her father caused Singleton to leave school early. When she was ready to return, Singleton found herself at Reynolds Community College and discovered the Mellon Pathways Program, which ultimately led her to VCU and the Department of English. And no surprise, Singleton thrived as a student at VCU.

“I’d forgotten what I was capable of,” Singleton said. “I have this confidence that I’d really forgotten that I had. I’m not a shy person, especially not in the classroom, and it feels really good to me to have my voice heard again.”

Learn more about Christine Singleton.

Micah White - B.S., Psychology, ’23

Micah White embodies a commitment to empowering others. From his early days navigating friendships and offering advice, White's passion for psychology and supporting people has been unwavering. His next steps involve pursuing graduate studies at VCU, aiming to become a clinical psychologist, equipping individuals and communities with tools for self-improvement. He credits the Mellon Pathways Program with helping him succeed.

“They helped me transition into VCU, which was honestly something that I really wanted to do,” White said. “I remember when I was in community college, my dad and I would often go up to Richmond. I felt like a little kid on Christmas, pressed up against the glass watching all of these students just en masse walking throughout campus. And I was like, ‘That’s so cool. I want to be one of those students,’ because it just felt like an authentic college experience, one that I had never had up until that point.”

Read more about Micah White’s VCU journey.

Carlton Nivens - B.A., Philosophy, ’23

At one point, Carlton Nivens didn’t see a four-year college in his future. Now the recent VCU graduate is helping pave the way for a new generation of students. Nivens took part in Mellon Pathways Program at Reynolds Community College, where he became a peer mentor to others who were interesting in transferring. He found his way to VCU in 2021.

“I have been peer-mentoring my entire time at VCU. It changed my perspective on life,” he said. “Before, I felt that something was missing in my life.”

Nivens has been serving future college hopefuls in other ways, too – including teaching computer science, coding, engineering and robotics to youths through his work at CodeVA, which promotes equitable computer science instruction across Virginia.

Learn more about Carlton Nivens.

Upcoming Events

Dinner's on Us

Dinner's on Us is a monthly get-together of post-transfer Pathways students at VCU. It combines food, fellowship and Pathways-specific opportunities at VCU. These dinners are open to Pathways students, and VCU faculty and staff.

Event details

  • Feb. 13, 2024: 4-6 p.m., Commonwealth Ballroom A, VCU Student Commons
  • March 19, 2024: 4-6 p.m., Commonwealth Ballroom A, VCU Student Commons
  • April 9, 2024: 4-6 p.m., SGA Senate Chambers, VCU Student Commons

Email Peter Henry at for more details.

Graduation Celebration

We celebrate the students graduating from VCU, as well as our partner institutions, Brightpoint and J. Sargeant Reynolds.

Event details

  • April 16, 2024: 4-6 p.m., SHIFT! Retail Lab

Email Peter Henry at for more details.


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