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No excuse for not applying: KPC scholarships available online

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Financial aid can make the difference as to whether a student can afford to attend college or not. All current or potential college students should take advantage of the many scholarships available at Kenai Peninsula College.

KPC's Kenai River Campus has a number of "campus-based" scholarships that are awarded through the scholarship committee. Applicants are required to fully complete the application, attach a two-page personal essay outlining career and educational goals, complete a financial needs assessment form and provide a transcript. Students who apply must be enrolled in either a certificate or degree program to be considered for these scholarships.

Some scholarships require full-time enrollment, 12 or more credits, while others are reserved for part-time students taking six to11 credits. Some scholarships offered are redeemable only at the Kenai River campus and some apply to both KPC campuses, including Kachemak Bay.

Many scholarships offered have specific criteria for students to meet in order to apply. For instance, the Dave Forbes Memorial Scholarship is offered to full-time students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. It is directed at sophomore-level students in pursuit of the bachelor of liberal studies degree or a liberal arts interest area, majoring in the humanities, fine arts and - or performing arts. The Brockel Family Scholarship has similar requirements with the exception that it also is available to freshman candidates.

In contrast, the John and E. Mae Hakala Scholarship is directed toward students in the full-time pursuit of a profession in the areas of art, nursing or the biological sciences. The personal essay becomes very important in this scholarship bid. Career goals must be clearly outlined and they must coincide with the spirit of Hakala scholarship.

Tuition waivers are another form of scholarship that is available to students. While tuition rates rise, many students could benefit from winning a full-time or part-time tuition waiver. These scholarships are awarded based on financial need and do not cover fees associated with enrollment.

Other scholarships available in the application packet include a KPC staff scholarship, KPC faculty scholarship, Student Union scholarship, Soldotna Lions Club scholarship and the Kenai Chrysler Golf Tournament Scholarship.

There are two other scholarship applications specifically directed at graduating high school seniors that can be downloaded at the KPC Web site. One is a full tuition waiver scholarship and the other is the Kenai Rotary Bill Thompson Memorial scholarship.

There are other scholarship opportunities available that are not covered here. For more information about scholarships and other forms of financial aid, contact Carrie Burford at 262-0332 or e-mail her at

2005 KPC summer class schedule available online

The spring semester is rapidly coming to a close and thankfully Alaska's summer months are right around the corner. KPC's Kenai River Campus will offer a variety of courses, including several general education requirements that all college students need to graduate.

There will be a mix of offerings including both fundamentals of oral communication and methods of written communication, elementary and intermediate algebra, calculus I and III, technical writing, general psychology and an EMT I course. The schedule is rounded out with courses in adult development and aging and human relations in the workplace.

The entire summer schedule and registration information is available at the KPC Web site at www.kpc. Registration for the summer session will begin April 5 and the public is invited to register in person at the Kenai River Campus or via the WolfLink option online. For more information, contact the Kenai River Campus Services at 262-0300.

KPC Commencement

All students who are eligible for graduation are encouraged to participate this year. This day for KPC graduates and GED recipients will be May 3 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. and there will be a reception in the foyer of the auditorium following the ceremony.

This year's keynote speaker is Soldotna Mayor and KPC Adjunct Instructor Dave Carey.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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