Scholarships available for high school seniors to attend local college

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2003

The 2003-04 High School Senior Tuition Waiver Scholarship packets have been delivered to area high schools and now are available for seniors to apply for five full-tuition waivers to attend the KPC campus in Soldotna. The Kachemak Bay Campus of KPC will award two tuition waivers for two graduating seniors to use while attending the KPC campus in Homer. A part-time tuition waiver scholarship will be awarded for the first time to a Seward High School graduate to attend KPC courses delivered from KPC's new Resurrection Bay Extension site in Seward.

High school seniors should contact a counselor at their school and ask for a KPC scholarship packet to apply for these tuition waivers. The only way to win one of these valuable scholarships is to apply. According to KPC financial aid coordinator Carrie Burford, in years past, scholarships have gone unclaimed due to lack of applicants.

It is important that students realize these tuition waivers, as well as many other scholarships, are available to high school seniors who make the effort to put together a scholarship packet and turn it in. The standard scholarship package should contain a personalized scholarship essay that spells out why the student should be considered for the award. Parents should encourage their high school students to aggressively pursue scholarships by applying for all they may be eligible for.

For more information about college financial aid opportunities, or the KPC scholarships mentioned above, contact the KPC financial aid office at 262-0332.

Career Day planned

For the 14th time in as many years, this Friday will see the KPC halls teaming with exuberant faces of 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders from all over the peninsula coming to KPC with minds open to future possibilities. The annual KPC Career Fair for high school students, sponsored in part by the Soldotna Rotary Club, will bring together more than 150 students to listen to more than 50 guest speakers talk about why they work in the careers they have chosen.

The event has been organized by KPC assistant professor of business Dayne Clark and Career Center coordinator Krista Timlin to illustrate to young Alaskans just how many options they have open to them. This important community event could not take place without all the dedicated professionals who take time from their busy schedules to speak to the students about their career field. A big thank you to everyone who will come together to make this year's Career Day the best ever.

Shipwreck, Plunder and Pillage

According to Cathy Pearce, KPC associate professor of history, no matter where we go, we can find legends of "wreckers," who mysteriously appear on cliffs, luring ships to their doom with false lights or siren songs. Nowhere is this legend more vibrant than in Cornwall, on the southwest peninsula of England. Pearce will share some of her insights on the Cornish practice of wrecking, gained from her research on Cornish maritime history, accomplished while on sabbatical in London last semester.

The public is invited to catch this presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday in room 132 at the KPC campus in Soldotna. This is another installment in the KPC Show-case series.

Student employees

Although they often are taken for granted, students are a big part of the current work force on KPC campuses. More than 50 students have jobs on campus between the Soldotna and Homer campuses of KPC, and they are an important component of the staff. Many of the student employees work 20 hours per week, the maximum they are allowed under the program. Students must complete resumes and apply for the positions that are posted early each semester, and then go through the interview process to be considered for the jobs. This process is taken seriously by the college, and the program is designed to give students a taste of what to expect in the real world. Students must be taking at least six credits to be eligible to become student employees. Once employed, students are able to work around their class schedule, but must maintain their grades and attendance in classes in order to maintain employment.

Students are employed in almost every area of the college and are highly valued for the work they accomplish.

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

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