Many times financial hurdles keep high school graduates from pursuing college. Parents of students exploring options for paying for college can be overwhelmed by the process.
With this in mind, Alaska communities are gearing up for College Goal Sunday, a national program designed to help students and families, particularly low-income and first generation college goers. The event is traditionally offered a week after Super Bowl Sunday.
Financial aid professionals from Alaska's institutions of higher education, including Kenai Peninsula College and the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education will join other volunteers to provide onsite assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the universally required financial aid application. Each year since the inception of the program, more and more students and their parents have taken advantage of this hands-on help session.
Alaska's fourth annual College Goal Sunday event on the central Peninsula is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Soldotna Sports Center. To get a head start, students and their families may prepare for the event by applying for a personal identification number (PIN) at www.fafsa.ed.gov and review other required documents at www.alaskacollegegoalsunday.org.
For more information about the local installment of College Goal Sunday, call Carrie Burford at the Kenai River Campus at 262-0331 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student wins scholarship
The KRC scholarship committee has announced that Brian Reith has been se lected as the first recipient of the Oil Spill Recovery Institute Scholarship (OSRI) for the spring semester. The committee reported that Reith is commended for having an excellent academic record and grade point average.
The scholarship was created to promote the improvement of oil spill technology and equipment by providing a scholarship of up to $4,000 per semester for up to three semesters to a full-time student in the Process Technology or Industrial Process Instrumentation programs.
Reith will be required to participate in a paid technical internship. His internship details will be determined by KPC, the OSRI and coordinated through the Prince William Sound Science Center. The focus of his internship will be development and/or improvement of oil spill response technology in use in Alaska. Reith will make a presentation of his work to the Oil Spill Recovery Institute Board.
In addition to his studies at the college, Reith works as a student employee (lab aide) in the Information Technology department on campus and is in the process of earning a USCG 100 ton master mariners license.
Business donates $200,000
Icicle Seafoods, Inc. has donated $200,000 to the University of Alaska Anchorage. The donation includes $25,000 each to the Kachemak Bay Campus and Kodiak College and $150,000 to UAA's Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER.) The gift will support expanded research and educational programs related to Alaska's seafood industry.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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