Craven Community College (Craven CC) Foundation has more than $200,000 to award to at least 300 students for the 2017-18 academic year. The scholarship application form is online through the AcademicWorks software at the college’s website at www.cravencc.edu/scholarships. The deadline for applications is April 15.
The process of managing and awarding scholarships is a collaboration between Foundation staff and the college’s financial aid department. The Foundation works with donors to manage the endowment and scholarship funds and input each donor’s criteria into the system. The financial aid staff works with the Foundation’s scholarship committee to award the money to students.
Once a student has applied, set up their student WebAdvisor account and completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), they can then apply for Craven CC Foundation scholarships through the online system.
There are currently 92 scholarships in the system and managed by the Foundation. Seventy-three of these scholarships are internally awarded by committee. An example is the Helmut and Carmen Weisser Scholarship which annually awards $1,300 to full-time students and $650 to part-time students.
Nineteen scholarships are external applications linked within the online scholarship database. An example of an external application is the Harold H. Bate Foundation Scholarship, which is represents a large portion of the annual awards. In the 2015-16 year, the Bate Foundation provided $98,758 in scholarships.
According to Carolyn Ward, financial aid advisor, students will find the application process easy and a time saver. Scholarship criteria, student information such as academic program, grade point average and county residence is automatically uploaded to the scholarship database. “Students will know instantly what scholarships they would be eligible for,” said Ward. The student would then apply for these scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded before the start of the fall 2017 semester.
Tanya Roberts, Craven CC Institutional Advancement executive assistant, said donors are eager to see their scholarships awarded to students. “Our donors want to see their money go to help someone,” said Roberts. She said some students have been awarded more than one scholarship.
It is common for students to think that they must have a 4.0 GPA, scholarship applications take too long to complete, or their family makes too much money.
Roberts advises students to apply even if they think they might not qualify. “Many of the scholarships are needs based, but not all of them are,” said Roberts. She added, “The AcademicWorks software is easy to use from a computer or mobile device, and the essays are not cumbersome.”
For more information about the college’s Foundation, call 252-638-7351 or visit the college’s website at www.cravencc.edu/foundation.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.