It's time again for the proverbial "heads-up" regarding scholarship opportunities at KPC and elsewhere in the community. Apply early and apply often is the mantra when it comes to financial aid for college.
Three different scholarship application packages, with a variety of scholarship opportunities, are available for downloading and printing from the KPC Web site www.kpc.alaska.edu. Look under "News and Events" and click on the new scholarships link for access to the KPC campus-based scholarship application, the Kenai Rotary Bill Thompson Memorial Scholarship application, and the KPC High School Senior Tuition Waiver Scholarship application. These also are available from high school counselors.
The deadline for all of these scholarship applications is 5 p.m. April 15 with no exceptions. For more information about these scholarship opportunities and other financial aid options, contact the KPC Financial Aid department at 262-0332 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Union campaign
According to KPC Student Union president Todd Closson, the campus student government has committed to supporting family members, friends, fellow students, co-workers, support staff and the group Concerned Citizens for People with Disabilities on the Kenai Peninsula in a campaign to raise awareness about the lack of state support for many Alaskans with disabilities.
Closson says approximately 87,000 Alaskans struggle with disabilities and only 5,000 receive any assistance from the state. More than 1,200 people and their families are on the state "wait list," making Alaska the fifth worst state in the nation in this regard.
The Student Union invites anyone who would like to help in this awareness campaign to join them at what has been called the Key Campaign Rally, at noon today at Soldotna City Hall, 177 N. Birch St.
As a continuing effort in this awareness campaign, the Student Union invites everyone to stop by their office in the McLane Building at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna and sign a letter to state legislators in support of more funding for Alaskans with disabilities. The Student Union will cover the cost of the postage and mail it to Juneau.
For more information, contact Todd Closson at 262-0339 or e-mail email@example.com.
Campus food drive
It's not pleasant to think that anyone may have to skip meals or go hungry because they literally don't have any food in the house or money to buy food. But that is the reality in modern society. It seems unimaginable in a nation as rich as the United States, but the truth is told every day at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.
Even within the walls of KPC, some students can't afford to eat at the campus cafe or anywhere else becaus they are between pay checks or they are waiting for financial aid checks to arrive. The food bank's soup kitchen provides hot, nutritious lunches that are sometimes the only meal a student may have on a given day.
In light of the role that the food bank plays in the lives of sometimes hungry students, the Student Union is sponsoring an ongoing food drive with a receptacle for cans and dry goods right outside the office.
Other SU events, like open mic night also benefit the food bank by asking patrons for canned and dry food as the "cost" of admission. The next scheduled open mic night is 7 to 10 p.m. March 18.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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