Scholarship Information Session

1/8/18

Students sitting in lounge outside Financial Aid officeStudents planning on, or considering, enrolling next fall at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) can get help with completing scholarship applications during a special February 1 session. The session begins at 5 p.m. at each of EICC’s Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges.

“Our colleges award, literally, thousands of dollars to deserving students every year,” said EICC Assistant Director for Enrollment Tishly Herrington. “That’s why we encourage everyone to apply. It doesn’t cost anything to do so other than a little time and many students are surprised to find out they do qualify.”

One of the reasons students and families give for not applying for scholarships is they have heard the applications are difficult and confusing. Herrington said the college’s three foundations have worked together to simplify that process.

“The foundations are responsible for awarding scholarships at each of the colleges,” she said. “All three worked together to reduce the application so there are only a couple of dozen questions on it. They really are pretty straight forward.”

The February 1 session is open to both students and their families. One misconception is that only recent high school graduates are eligible for scholarships. The opposite is very much the case with many scholarships set aside specifically for older students returning to classes after having been out of school for a number of years.

The March 1 deadline for applying for scholarships is fast approaching, that is the reason the colleges are offering this help now. Those attending the session will walk through the scholarship application and have a chance to explore the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA application. Filing the FAFSA, also free, is required by most colleges of students applying for scholarships and other financial aid.

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Herrington also called attention to the college’s Connections Scholarship for high school students who have taken classes through the colleges while still in high school. That scholarship is awarded to students who have taken as little as just one class at Clinton, Muscatine or Scott Community College. It does not require filing the FAFSA. The simple, one-page, application can be found at eicc.edu/connections The deadline for filing is also March 1.

For more information about scholarships at EICC go online to eicc.edu/scholarships or call toll-free 1-888-336-3907.