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EAU CLAIRE, WI – A new Chippewa Valley Technical College Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and fees not already paid through scholarships and grants for income-eligible students just completing high school.
The CVTC Promise program will help pay college costs for eligible current high school students who apply for admission to CVTC between May 1 of their junior year and Nov. 30 of their senior year and enroll as full-time students beginning with the Fall 2018 semester.
“We hope to encourage students who might not otherwise consider applying for admission because they think college is not affordable for them,” said Aliesha Crowe, executive director of the CVTC Foundation, Inc., which will fund the program through existing assets and earmarked donations. “We want to bridge the gap between grant funds and the cost of attending CVTC.”
While the CVTC Promise program is new for CVTC, such programs are not uncommon in higher education.
“Promise scholarship programs have been established at two and four-year colleges throughout the country,” Crowe said. “The programs bring students with higher financial needs into higher education.”
The CVTC Promise Scholarship program is open to high school students or recipients of an HSED who reside within the CVTC 11-county district who plan to enroll directly into CVTC upon graduating. Students must complete a CVTC Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will determine program eligibility.
Qualified applicants will demonstrate financial need with an expected family contribution of $3,000 or less. Certain grades, attendance and other requirements also apply.
“This will help eligible students access funding that will support them in full-time enrollment, allowing them to finish college on time,” said Margo Keys, CVTC vice president of student services.
Crowe emphasized that the program is not supported by tax revenues, but through donations and Foundation funds. “We are planning to fund scholarships with Foundation and private donor support.” she said.
CVTC President Bruce Barker encouraged high school students to consider CVTC and explore how the Promise program can make college possible for them.
“People believe in you. We believe in you. It’s important for you to believe in yourself,” Barker said.