LCC offering many scholarships
By Ashlee Buhler
Editor in Chief
Accumulating thousands of dollars in student loan debt can be a daunting thought. That is why LCC and the LCC Foundation offer numerous scholarships for students.
Students planning to attend LCC during the fall of 2019 and/or the spring of 2020 are encouraged to apply for scholarships now to help offset some of their educational costs.
The application period begins Monday, Nov. 19 and will close Jan. 21, 2019.
Scott Skowronek, coordinator of scholarships at the LCC Foundation, said all students should apply for scholarships to minimize their student loan debt.
“Everybody should try to get some of the money,” Skowronek said. “It’s no fun to be paying student loans off 15 years after you graduate from college … so go ahead and grab some scholarships. You don’t have to pay those back.”
Skowronek described some of the scholarship types offered.
“We have over 200 scholarships available for students,” he said. “We have many available as Foundation Scholarships, which are funded by donors. Those are available across different programs at the college. There’s basically something for everyone in the donor-funded scholarships.
“Then the college offers scholarships through its own funds for students who are in arts and sciences, health and human services, or technical careers. Those are some of our larger dollar scholarships, for more than $3,000 a year.”
To be considered for a scholarship, students must fill out a general application online, provide an unofficial copy of their transcript, and be prepared to answer questions about their career and educational goals, personal history and why they deserve to win a scholarship.
Students are also encouraged to have their FASFA filled out, as it is a requirement for some of the scholarships.
Steve Slocum, development coordinator at the LCC Foundation, explained what students can expect when they apply for a scholarship.
“It’s a uniform application process,” Slocum said. “When you go to lcc.edu/scholarships you’re going to see a list of different scholarships that we offer, but you don’t have to apply for each individual scholarship. It’s one application, and that will qualify you for all the scholarships that we have.”
Students who receive a scholarship will be notified through their student email anytime from April to June of 2019. Before they accept the award, the student will be asked to write a thank you note for their donor.
“Donors like to hear what the money means for you,” Slocum said. “They want to know how the money is going to help you succeed.”