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Time to look into campus scholarships

SCHOLARSHIP SEASON IS NEAR and the Sacramento City College Scholarship Foundation wants to remind all students not to become one of the walking dead.
The time to prepare for scholarship applications is now, according to Mary Leland executive director of the foundation.

“In October the foundation published a zombiethemed reminder card,” Leland said. “The cards were a collaborative design effort from our office staff, and we hoped zombies might get their attention.”

The intent of the card’s design was not to warn students about a possible threat from the undead on campus, but instead to alert students about the application period and their potential eligibility for one of the many scholarships administered by the foundation.

“It’s a myth for students to think they cannot apply for a scholarship unless they have a 3.5 or a 4.0 grade point average,” Leland said.

“We have 262 scholarships for every level of grade point average, major field of study or background,” she said, “and students should not be timid about applying.”

According to information provided on the back of the foundation’s reminder notice, the scholarship application period begins on Jan. 6, 2014, with a deadline for submissions on March 7, 2014.

To be eligible to apply for a foundation scholarship a student must have completed at least 12 units at City College by the end of the 2013 fall semester and be enrolled in at least 6 units for the 2014 spring semester.

A list of the scholarships offered will be available on the Foundation’s website when the application period begins.

“Many times students simply do not know they are eligible for scholarships or think you must have a high grade point average,” said Leland, “but there are donors who realize that some students have to work, have families, and sometimes a 2.5 or 3.5 may be all the student can do.”
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Thea Renfrew, undeclared major, is attending her first semester at City College and said she plans to find out more about available scholarships. As a former American River College student, she said she was unaware of the foundation and its page on the campus website.

“Honestly, I only go on [City College’s website] to register for classes,” Renfrew said.

For Lilith Grog, English major, applying for a scholarship through the foundation was easy. Last year she said she simply checked the requirements, picked one she felt qualified for and then later received a notice of award.

“It was one of the smaller ones that did not require an essay,” she said, “but it was definitely worth it and did not take much time.”

“The scholarships are donated by faculty, alumni, big business, small business—all types of individuals and organizations—for many different reasons,” Leland said.
“For many of the donors it’s their way of giving back or remembering someone.”

Leland suggests that students should start asking their professors for letters of recommendation now and putting together a personal resume of their accomplishments.

The SCC Foundation office is located in Rodda North, Room 222, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to offer help or answer questions. Students may also call (916) 558-2197.

Additional information may be found on the City College webpage Foundation/Scholarships.

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