BLOUNTVILLE — Some students at Northeast State Community College have only until Sunday to apply for a scholarship that will help them pay for school and supplies.
While the Educational Access and Diversity Scholarship has been offered at the school for several years, Linda Calvert, executive director of grant development and campus diversity contact, said this year the scholarship guidelines have changed.
“This year we have done something different with the eligibility criteria,” Calvert said. “What we have done is … designate scholarships for students from three underrepresented populations who attend Northeast State.”
Those three populations were determined by a review of student demographics at Northeast State during the 2010-11 school year. Students who now qualify include students of hispanic/latino/Spanish origin, black or African American, Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, documented by the Office of Admissions and Records; students who receive Veterans Education Benefits and are registered with the school’s Veterans Affairs office; or students registered with the Center for Students with Disabilities.
“The scholarship is designed for students to cover the costs of 12 hours of enrollment or more and it will be awarded for the academic year,” she said. “It’s designated for qualified firsttime freshmen, as well as returning college students.”
The scholarship will cover maintenance fees, required books and/or supplies as well as the estimated yearly tuition of $3,378 for in-state students.
“We have a number of scholarships for different categories for students –– academic scholarships, students who are pursuing a specific major –– and these funds will provide an opportunity for assisting students who may not be able to pursue scholarship opportunities in those other categories,” Calvert said. “We are expecting a number of applicants because the change in the eligibility requirements corresponds to an element in the college’s diversity plan and our diversity plan addresses increasing the number of students who enroll at Northeast State who are from the previously named underrepresented populations.”
The scholarship does stipulate that students receiving the aid must successfully complete 12 hours of course work and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75, as well as have already completed the 2012-13 FAFSA before Sunday’s scholarship deadline.
Students also must not have earned a degree by the beginning of the fall semester.
For information on the scholarship or applying, email the Office of Scholarship Programs at ecblevins@NortheastState.edu â€‰ or call 354-2507.