July 25, 2014

Scholarship Programs

 

State Financial Aid Programs

Detailed, current information can be obtained from the Arkansas Department of Higher
Education website, www.adhe.edu. Applications for state programs must be completed and
returned to the state by scheduled deadlines. Please refer to the website for applications and
dates. All grants and scholarships offered by the State of Arkansas use one unique on-line
application. To apply for all financial aid programs from the state of Arkansas, please complete
the state’s Universal application at https://.ark.org/adhe_financialaid/login.aspx. To be eligible
for any Arkansas grant funds, students must also complete a Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) available on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Grants and scholarships of
particular interest to students include, but are not limited to, the following:

Academic Challenge Scholarship—up to $2,250 annually for graduating high school
seniors who complete the pre-collegiate core curriculum, and who have the required grade point
average and ACT scores. This award has no family income cap but is based on academic
criteria. Traditional students are required to enroll full-time each fall and spring: 12 hours the first
semester of the freshman year following high school graduation and 15 hours each semester
thereafter. In addition, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has funding provisions for nontraditional
students to receive the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship. They must complete 15
hours each consecutive semester for full-time and complete at least 6 semester hours for parttime
(excluding summer terms). To apply for this scholarship, please use the state’s Universal
application at the website listed above.

Arkansas Geographic Critical Needs Minority Teachers Scholarship —designed to
provide scholarships to minorities who will be attending an accredited community college.
Recipients may receive up to $1,500 per academic year for full-time attendance; $750 per
academic year for half-time attendance. Scholars must agree to teach in the Delta or in a
geographical area of the state in which exists a critical shortage of teachers, as designated by
the State Board of Education. If a student enrolls less than full time, this award will be prorated.
Applications are available from the MSCC Financial Aid Office.

Arkansas Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Grant)— based on financial
need to help low income students complete their college degrees. Eligibility is based on the
family’s adjusted gross income as reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA). If a student enrolls in less than 12 hours the first semester or 15 hours any
subsequent, the GO! Grant will be prorated accordingly. To apply for this scholarship, please
use the state’s Universal application at the website listed above.

Career Pathways Programs—designed to provide assistance with tuition, fees, and
books, childcare and transportation expenses for career training and college classes to current
and potential students who qualify. Recipients must meet income criteria and have one or more
dependents under the age of 21. To be eligible, students must also complete a Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the beginning of the term of enrollment. Program
information and application dates are available from the Career Pathways office located on the
MSCC campus.

Governor’s Scholars Program—up to $4,000 annually for graduating high school
seniors based on academic achievement, test scores and leadership. The Governor’s
Distinguished Scholarship for those scoring 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50
academic grade point average, or are named National Merit Finalists or National Achievement
Scholar pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year. To apply for this
scholarship, please use the state’s Universal application at the website listed above.
Law Enforcement Officers Dependents Scholarship Program—waiver of tuition, fees,
and room at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and
spouses of Arkansas law enforcement officers, some Highway and Transportation Department
employees, and other public employees, who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of
duty.

Military Dependents Scholarship Program—waiver of tuition, fees, room and board at
any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of
Arkansans who were killed or missing in action or who were prisoners of war.
Second Effort Scholarship—up to $1,000 annually to the individuals with the top 10
scores on the GED exam during the previous calendar year.

Workforce Improvement Grant—for individuals 24 and older who file a FAFSA, who are
not eligible for a Pell grant or other state aid to cover educational expenses, and who have not
yet earned a bachelor’s degree. Eligible students may receive up to $2,000 per year toward
tuition and mandatory fees. Students must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for this program.
Additional program information is available from the Financial Aid Office on the MSCC campus.

     MSCC Scholarships

Mid-South Community College is dedicated to offering affordable and convenient learning
opportunities to all students. MSCC students invest in a challenging and valuable education,
and the College is dedicated to fostering academic excellence.

MSCC offers four academic scholarships. These scholarships are available to eligible
students pursuing their first credit certificate or associate degree. MSCC scholarships are
awarded to eligible applicants as long as funds are available. Priority deadline for scholarship
applications is the last day of early registration for the term in which you are submitting an application.
Refer to the academic calendar published in the catalog for dates of early registration.

Academic scholarships will cover tuition (up to 15 hours each semester) at the current in-county
rate unless otherwise specified. These scholarships do not cover fees or books.
Students are not required to enroll full-time; however, students must enroll in a minimum of 6
hours each term to qualify. Scholarship eligibility is applicable toward a maximum of 70
attempted credit hours. All scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.

Academic scholarships are automatically renewed if the student maintains the required
GPA and has no dropped or failed classes that change the student’s enrollment status.

Credits earned as a concurrent high school student will not be considered in determining scholarship eligibility.
However, for scholarship renewal purposes all credits will be considered.

MSCC Academic Scholarship
This scholarship is designed for recent high school graduates.
To qualify a student must have
• a high school GPA of 3.0 or better,
• a composite ACT score of 23 (or its equivalent), and
• college-level placement in two subject areas (ACT or equivalent of 19 in subject  areas).
• ACT Math score of 18 and one or more years of high school algebra with a grade of C or better

Students must earn a 2.75 GPA or better each term with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better
for automatic renewal.
To apply, students must submit an MSCC Scholarship application by the priority
deadline and have a seven-semester high school GPA transcript and placement scores
available in the MSCC Admissions office. Actual awarding of the scholarship is pending until
receipt of the final eight-semester high school transcript.
MSCC Presidential Excellence Scholarship
MSCC awards a limited number of tuition scholarships to students who have
demonstrated excellence in academic achievement. Preference is given to Crittenden County
residents. Scholarships will cover tuition expenses for credit level classes; developmental
classes are not covered.
To qualify a student must have
• completed twelve (12) credit hours from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA
of 3.5 or better.
Students must earn a 3.0 GPA or better each term with a cumulative 3.5 GPA or better for
automatic renewal.
To apply, students must submit an MSCC Scholarship application by the
applicable deadline and have a copy of all college transcripts available in the MSCC Admissions
Office. College hours transferred from other colleges will be reviewed in the same manner as
coursework completed at MSCC.

MSCC GED Scholarship
Award seeking students who receive a GED may receive a tuition scholarship from
MSCC.
To qualify a student must
• be a resident of Crittenden County,
• have a GED standard score of 550, and ACT Math score of 18 or better
• college-level placement in two subject areas (ACT or equivalent of 19 in subject areas).
Students must earn a 2.75 GPA or better each term with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better
for automatic renewal.
To apply, students must submit an MSCC Academic Scholarship application by the
applicable deadline and have their GED scores and placement scores available in the MSCC
Admissions office.

Crittenden County Educational Opportunity Scholarship
MSCC awards a limited number of scholarships to recent high school graduates who have
the academic potential to succeed in college. The scholarship is a waiver of one-half tuition.
To qualify, a student must
• be a resident of Crittenden County,
• have a high school GPA of 3.0,
• a composite ACT score of 19 (or its equivalent) and
• college-level placement in two subject areas (ACT or equivalent of 19 in subject areas).
• ACT Math score of 18 and one or more years of high school algebra with a grade of C or better

Students must earn a 2.75 GPA or better each term with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better
for automatic renewal.

To apply, students must submit an MSCC Academic Scholarship application by the priority
deadline and have a seven-semester high school GPA transcript and placement scores
available in the MSCC Admissions office. Actual awarding of the scholarship is pending until
receipt of the final eight-semester high school transcript.
MSCC Scholarships Awarded by Nomination

Arkansas Association of Two-Year College’s Academic All-Star Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to one MSCC student who has completed at least 24 college
credit hours in pursuit of an associate’s degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.25 and who has
demonstrated service and leadership. A specific selection date in late April or early May is
announced each year.

The recipient, who is chosen by June, will receive a tuition waiver up to $500 for the
following fall semester and recognition at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges’ fall
conference.

MSCC Principal’s Scholarship
Designed for the student who demonstrates the ability to succeed but who does not qualify
for other academic scholarship opportunities, this scholarship will be awarded to one student
from each area high school. Recipients are selected by the high school principal and must enroll
as an award-seeking student at MSCC no later than the fall term following their high school
graduation.

The scholarship is a waiver of tuition for at least 6 but no more than 15 hours which count
toward a certificate or degree. The award is based on the current in-county tuition rate and does
not include fees or books. The MSCC Principal’s Scholarship is renewable each semester the
recipient earns a 2.75 GPA each term with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better with no dropped or
failed courses that change the student’s enrollment status.

     MSCC Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

General Information

Unless otherwise indicated, a completed scholarship application should include the
following:
• an MSCC Scholarship Application;
• a typed statement of the student’s educational plans and goals;
• a list of community service activities; and
• access to all previous high school and/or college transcripts and test scores.

In addition, all applicants must also complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA). The MSCC Scholarship Committee will review only complete applications. All letters,
essays, or other written materials required of applicants must be word processed and meet
specific content requirements. Priority deadline for scholarship applications is the last day of early
registration for the term in which you are suhbmitting an application. Refer to the academic calendar
published in the catalog for dates of early registration.

The MSCC Scholarship and Awards Committee will evaluate written documents and
eliminate any application(s) not meeting the stated criteria. All applicants must agree to publicity
releases.

Based on availability of funds, the Foundation awards more than 50 different scholarships
each year: The most current listing is provided on the MSCC Foundation website:

http://www.midsouthcc.edu/foundation/scholarships.htm

Goldsby Scholarship for Concurrently-Enrolled High School Students
This scholarship supports increased access to higher education by providing funds to
support the enrollment of qualified high school students from Crittenden and surrounding
Arkansas counties in MSCC courses, which will also be counted as credits toward high school
graduation. The scholarship may be applied to two courses each fall and spring semester for
high school juniors and seniors. Students may choose from MSCC courses approved by their
high school principal that will count toward high school graduation requirements.
Equal access to the Goldsby Scholarship will be provided to all students without regard to
financial ability. Recipients must reapply for the scholarship each semester.

Requirements
• Be a resident of Crittenden or surrounding counties in Arkansas or be a student attending
a public or private high school in Crittenden or surrounding counties in Arkansas.
• Maintain an overall high school GPA of 3.0. Students who have previously completed
college courses must have a college GPA of 3.0 as well.
• Present ACT (or equivalent SAT, ASSET or COMPASS) subject area scores in English,
reading, and/or math consistent with college-level placement in the subject areas of the
course(s) in which they wish to enroll.
Application Process
• Present ACT (or equivalent SAT, ASSET or COMPASS) scores consistent with college level
placement. Students enrolling in English or mathematics or courses which have
college English or math prerequisites must also have a high school GPA of 3.0 in the
related subject area.
• Submit an official copy of high school transcript documenting the required GPA.
• Complete a Goldsby Scholarship Application, which must be signed by the student, his/her
parent or legal guardian and turned in to the high school counselor.
• Obtain approval from the high school principal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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