New Workforce Demand Scholarship Available for 2018 Graduates
Press release provided by Terra State Community College
October 2, 2017 (Fremont, OH) – According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 64 percent of Ohio jobs in 2020 will require postsecondary degrees or credentials. However, approximately 45% of Ohio high school graduates do not attend college directly after high school. That is why it is imperative that this year’s high school seniors give serious thought about continuing their education beyond high school. To assist those in their decision, Terra State Community College is offering 2018 graduates the opportunity to attend class tuition-free if they are pursuing a career in a high-demand job field through the Workforce Demand Scholarship program. In addition to an education, students will also gain a guaranteed work-based experience.
Terra State will provide up to an Associate’s Degree tuition-free to 2018 high school graduates. The Workforce Demand Scholarship is available to students majoring in these academic programs:
- Computer Systems
- Digital Media Technology
- Health Information Technology
- Management (Business, Agribusiness and Hospitality)
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Music Technology
- Office Administration
- Robotics-Integrated Manufacturing Technology
“The majority of jobs need or will need a post-high school education,” says Heath Martin, Terra State’s Assistant Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services. “The Workforce Demand Scholarship is a vehicle that will allow 2018 high school graduates to take advantage of getting an Associate’s Degree tuition-free.”
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,” Martin says, “At Terra State, the total 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, your scholarship is the difference in the amount and would be $2296. However, books and other fees are not covered by the scholarship.”
To qualify, a student must be enrolled full-time (twelve 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 2018
- Complete the Scholarship Application by March 1, 2018 at http://www.terra.edu/Scholarshipapplication.html
- Complete the free Federal Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1, 2018 at http://www.terra.edu/AdmissionsandFinancialAid/FinancialAid.html
- Develop an academic plan, sign a participation contract and register for classes by June 15, 2018
“A recipient of the Workforce Demand Scholarship will need to enroll full-time at Terra State and attend consecutive fall and spring terms,” Martin points out. “Students will have to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and have a course completion rate of 68%. Students also have the option of enrolling in summer school.” Recipients will lose all benefits if they stop taking classes and resume at a later date.
Terra State Community College continues its dynamic transformation as it works toward the goal of becoming the best rural community college in the nation. Offering the Workforce Demand Scholarship is an additional avenue to support the college’s goals. For more information on the Workforce Demand Scholarship, interested persons can call 419.559.2349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, commuter college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.