Scholarship applications still available
By Sarah Barney
There’s still time to apply for LCC Foundation scholarships. The general application must be completed online before Jan. 31 for students to be considered.
The application includes some questions about the student, how many credits he or she is taking, program of study, about five personal statements and then financial information.
Recipients must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average, although many scholarships require a higher grade point average.
Scott Skowronek, coordinator of scholarships and operations for the LCC Foundation, spoke about the benefits of applying through the general application.
“Our online system saves students time and effort by reducing the number of questions that a student needs to answer,” Skowronek said. “When a student completes the application, the system automatically applies the student to every scholarship that the student is eligible for.”
Each academic year, the LCC Foundation scholarships given out total over $425,000. According to Skowronek, on average, the organization awards a little over $1,000 for each scholarship.
“Each year, we award almost all of our scholarships,” Skowronek said. “There are a few very specific scholarships that can be difficult to award, but working with our partners around campus, we often find worthy recipients even for the most difficult to award scholarships.”
After applications are submitted, the LCC Foundation recruits volunteers from LCC faculty and staff, as well as the mid-Michigan community, to review applications.
Each application is reviewed by two volunteers without them seeing the applicant’s name or demographic information. After that, the scores given determine how the scholarships are awarded.
“LCC is very lucky to have the strong support of the community, and that is really expressed by our generous donors,” Skowronek said. “Many of our donors are LCC alumni who themselves benefited from scholarships when they were students.
“Other donors are local organizations and businesses that understand the value of an education at LCC and want to help students achieve their goals and dreams.”
Dietetics major Rachel Todter won an Honors Program Award through LCC. The award is merit based and covers full-time student tuition for two years, including summer semesters.
To qualify for the award, Todter has to maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher and take a total of six honors courses throughout her two years at LCC.
“It was really nice to have a scholarship so that I can take all my (general education classes) for free and then transfer to a larger institution without being in debt,” Todter said.
“I’d definitely encourage other students to apply for scholarships because they can save so much more money, and it looks good on applications when they apply to other universities.”
To fill out the general application go to https://lcc.edu/scholarships/.