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PWSCC Scholarships


University of Alaska Scholarships

All new and current full-time PWSCC students admitted to financial aid-eligible degree and certificate programs may apply for UA Scholarships. To apply, visit UAOnline (Student Services and Account Information tab) and click on the Scholarship link. Answer the biographical questions and write a short profile. UAA will determine which scholarships you qualify for after you complete this basic application. You can submit additional information to enhance your chances of being awarded a scholarship.

A list of all UA Scholarships can be found at: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/scholarships/.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2014, awarded annually

Prince William Sound Community College Scholarships

All new and current full-time PWSCC students admitted to financial aid-eligible degree and certificate programs may apply for PWSCC Scholarships. All PWSCC Scholarships are competitive awards sponsored with funds raised primarily from local support. Eligibility, application deadlines, and award amounts vary by scholarship. More information on each scholarship and application links are provided below. Please contact the Financial Aid office at 907.834.1645 with questions. Local students can also contact the Copper Basin Extension Center at 907.822.3673 or the Cordova Extension Center at 907.424.7598 with questions.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW AWARDS

Unless otherwise specified, minimum eligibility requirements for PWSCC Scholarships include:

  1. Minimum high school or college GPA of 2.75
  2. Admission to a PWSCC Degree or Certificate program
  3. Enroll in a minimum of 12 credits through PWSCC (full-time status)
  4. Be in good standing for academic progress and student conduct
  5. Full application and all required documents must be received by the Office of Financial Aid by 5:00pm on the deadline date (application deadlines vary by scholarship)

ALL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE

  1. Completed Scholarship Application for each scholarship
  2. A minimum of two (2) current letters of recommendation from a past or current instructor, employer, or other appropriate source. These individuals should be able to comment on your academic performance, community involvement, general character, achievements, and aptitude to succeed at PWSCC as a student. Letters may be submitted by the applicant or sent directly to the Financial Aid Coordinator
  3. A Self composed essay. Topics vary by scholarship. Unless otherwise specified, scholarship essays should be a minimum of one full page and no more than three. They should clearly address all aspects of the essay topic.
  4. Transcripts (High School and/or college, or certificate of GED completion)
  5. Proof that applicant has completed the FASFA. Acceptable proof includes:
    • FASFA Student Aid Report (SAR)
    • Screen print of UA Online Awards
    • Expected EFC/Estimated Awards from FASFA

Note: Additional application materials may be required for some scholarships.


PWSCC Merit Scholarships

Recognizes scholastic achievement, degree progress, and community engagement of first-year, continuing, and transfer students. Academic record, in addition to in-class and out of class activity and commitment to both scholarly and civic pursuits, will be considered.

  • Presidential Merit Scholarship: up to $1000 per semester Minimum GPA 3.75
  • Regent’s Merit Scholarship: up to $750 per semester Minimum GPA 3.25
  • Trustee’s Merit Scholarship: up to $500 per semester Minimum GPA 2.75

Application: Merit-scholarship (108.4 KiB)
Application Deadline: Fall – June 17; Spring – November 29
Note: Students will not be considered for both the Merit Scholarship and the Area High School Graduate Award. Fall awards are renewable for Spring; minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is a 2.5; and drop in semester grades may result in reduction of original award amount.


REGIONAL High School Graduate Award

Recognizes scholastic achievement and civic involvement of recent area high school graduates (Valdez, Cordova, Glennallen, Kenny Lake, and Slana High Schools). Scholarship is awarded in May to high school seniors who enroll at PWSCC the following Fall semester.

Award Amount: up to $1250 per semester Minimum GPA 2.75
Application: Regional-hs-scholarship (103.9 KiB)
Application Deadline: Fall – May 15
Note: Students will not be considered for both the Area High School Graduate Award and the Merit Scholarship. Fall awards renewable to spring; minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is a 2.5, and drop in semester grades may result in reduction of original award amount.


Eyak Award

Available to students holding Eyak Tribal membership, students enrolled at the Cordova Extension Center, or residents of Cordova studying at the main campus in Valdez. Scholastic record, community involvement, and need will be considered.

Award Amount: up to $1250 per semester Minimum GPA 2.5
Application: Eyak-scholarship (107.4 KiB)
Application Deadline: Fall – June 17; Spring – November 29
Note: To be eligible for this scholarship, students need only be enrolled in at least 6 credits. Students will not be considered for both the Area High School Award and the Eyak Award. Fall awards renewable to spring; minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is a 2.25.


Phi Theta Kappa Honors Scholarship

Recognizes scholarship and active involvement in the Alpha Psi Gamma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. Successful applicants must be fully inducted members holding enhanced local membership, and in good standing.

Award Amount: $250 – 500 per semester Minimum GPA 3.5
Application: Ptk-scholarship (100.5 KiB)
Application Deadline: Fall – June 17; Spring – November 29
Note: Awarded as funds are available. Non-renewable. Students must reapply each semester, and re-award will be contingent on continued active membership, chapter advisor endorsement, and good standing with the local chapter of PTK.


Paragon Honors Scholarship

Recognizes demonstrated student leadership and civic involvement. Active service to the campus, to others, and to the larger community is considered.

Award Amount: $250 – $500 per semester Minimum GPA 3.0
Application: Paragon-scholarship (104.5 KiB)
Application Deadline: Fall – June 17; Spring – November 29
Note: Awarded as funds are available. Non-renewable. Students must reapply each semester, and re-award will be contingent on continued or progressive levels of community service and demonstrated leadership.


Archery Sportsmanship Award

Supports full-time study of students actively involved in the PWSCC Collegiate Archery Program.

Award Amount: $250 per semester Minimum GPA 2.0
Application: Archery-scholarship (105.9 KiB)
Application Deadline: Fall – June 17; Spring – November 29
Note: To qualify, applicants must actively participate in the Archery program by enrolling in the Collegiate Archery course and/or demonstrating active involvement in the PWSCC Archery Club. No prior archery experience is required for consideration. Withdrawal from participation in the class or the club will result in revocation of the award.


GED Completion Grant

Supports students admitted to a degree program who completed their GED from PWSCC within the past year.

Award Amount: $250 – $500 per semester
Application: Ged-grant (103.3 KiB)
Application Deadline: Fall – June 17; Spring – November 29
Note: One grant awarded per semester. Minimum enrollment in 6 credits per semester. Renewable with at least a 2.5 semester GPA. Award is contingent on positive endorsement by the PWSCC Adult Basic Education (ABE) coordinator(s).


SCHOLARSHIP MAINTENANCE AND RENEWAL

In order to maintain a scholarship throughout the semester, students must

  1. Maintain full-time enrollment (unless otherwise specified)
  2. Maintain the minimum GPA requirement specified by the scholarship, in most cases 2.5, but in some cases higher (such as with merit and honors scholarships)
  3. Maintain good standing with the College in regards to academic progress and student conduct
  4. Maintain other specified qualifications of the scholarship. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the individual scholarship requirements and stipulations before applying.

If at any time during the semester a student drops below the minimum credit load or is found guilty of a significant judicial infraction, the scholarship monies will be reversed for the semester and the student will be ineligible for renewal the following term. Students have the right to appeal the loss of their scholarship by petitioning the Director of Student Services within two weeks (14 days) that the scholarship is revoked.

Students who are awarded a scholarship for the Fall semester are eligible to have their scholarship renewed for the Spring semester by meeting the minimum maintenance requirements outlined above. Reapplication is not necessary, unless the scholarship is limited to a single semester. Merit, Honors, and Area High School Graduate awards may be subject to a decrease in Spring funding if the student’s academic performance does not meet the level required by the original award category. Renewal is not granted between Spring and Fall semesters.

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO:
Prince William Sound Community College
Attn: Financial Aid Coordinator
PO Box 97
Valdez, AK 99686
Email: studentservices AT pwscc DOT edu
Fax (907) 834 – 1691