2019 High School Graduates Given Tuition Free Option
By PAT McCAULEY
FREMONT – Terra State Community College has announced that it will once again offer the Workforce Demand Scholarship that will provide 2019 high school graduates the opportunity to attend class tuition free if they are pursuing a career in a high-demand job field. In addition to an education, students will also gain a guaranteed work-based experience.
The Workforce Demand Scholarship is available to students pursuing the following degrees:
– Agribusiness Management
– Business Management
– Computer Information Systems
– Health Information Technology
– Hospitality Management
– Interactive Media
– Manufacturing Technology
– Music Technology and Recording Arts
– Power and Controls (Electricity)
– Power Technologies (includes Automotive)
– Robotics/Integrated Manufacturing Technology
– Systems and Network Support
– Welding Technology
“Students have many options upon graduation,” said Kristen Lindsay, Interim Assistant Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services. “At Terra State, we offer an affordable scholarship opportunity to complete a degree and directly enter a high-demand career. Ohio has a goal to increase the post-secondary level attainment of adults in the state. We are contributing to that goal by offering an academic path that promotes both degree completion along with reducing college costs for graduating seniors.”
The Workforce Demand Scholarship will pay the gap between the cost of tuition and general fees and state and federal grants received by the student. “For example,” Lindsay says, “At Terra State, the current cost of tuition and general fees for the fall and spring semesters is $4926. If a student receives a Pell grant in the amount of $2000, along with other scholarships totaling $1000, your scholarship is the difference in the amount and would be $1296. Books and other fees are not covered by the scholarship.”
To qualify, a student must be enrolled full time (12 or more credit hours) for the fall and spring semesters and part time (six or more credit hours) for the summer semester. Students who are awarded the Workforce Demand Scholarship will be provided the opportunity to participate in a work-based experience with an employer in Terra State’s service area.
To apply for the scholarship, applicants must:
– Graduate from high school in May 2019
– Complete the free Terra State application prior to April 15, 2019 at http://www.terra.edu/AdmissionsandFinancialAid/ApplyRegister.html
– Complete Terra State Workforce Demand Scholarship application prior to April 15, 2019 at http://www.terra.edu/ScholarshipApplication/
– Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to April 15, 2019 at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
– Enroll full-time for fall and spring consecutively over five semesters (6 credits minimum if you select to attend an optional summer semester)
– Submit a non-refundable $50 deposit by April 15, 2019, to reserve your spot; deposit will be applied to cost of general fees once enrolled
“Recipients of the Workforce Demand Scholarship need to enroll full-time at Terra State and they must attend consecutive fall and spring terms with summer enrollment remaining an option,” Lindsay points out. “Students are also required to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and achieve a course completion rate of 68 percent.” Recipients forfeit all benefits if they stop taking classes or drop below full-time status.
For more information on the Workforce Demand Scholarship, interested persons can call 419-559-2349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pat McCauley is PR specialist for Terra State, 419-559-2382, email@example.com.