A mysterious force has kept people from applying for scholarships at Kenai Peninsula College in recent history.
In fact, some of those scholarships have gone unused simply because nobody asked for the money. KPC wants people to know that money is there for the taking. So, go and get it.
Bill Howell, director of student services and scholarship board chair, said only about 16 percent of students have financial aid, and he would like to see that number higher. This could happen if more people applied for the scholarships they qualify for, he said.
"I want to get more people to apply, I would sure like to give out more money," he said.
Gary Turner, KPC director, said the scholarship opportunities are for anyone who puts in the time to fill out an application.
"These scholarships could be supporting someone's education. If you don't play, you don't win," he said.
Howell said people should never sell themselves short because there is money available. People just need to seek it out.
"Everybody is eligible for the tuition waiver. Another thing people should know is they can apply for more than one scholarship. If I was applying, I would check every scholarship I qualified for," he said.
Once the applications are in, the scholarship board will review and rank each one, then come up with a consensus on the winners. They will announce those awards near the first day of classes.
Howell said the more reviewing the board has to do, the better.
"The more scholarship packets we have means more work, and this is the kind of work I like.
"People should always apply. The worst that could happen would be if you didn't win anything. But as long as you meet the minimum requirements, you've got a good chance," he said.
There are several dates to keep in mind for the many scholarships available, including today, which is the deadline for campus-based scholarships for the spring semester.
n The Alyeska Pipeline Scholarship is open to full-time Alaska Native students in a KPC degree program in either vocational or general education programs.
n The Alyeska Native Youth Program is for applicants who have graduated within the past two years and are admitted in a KPC vocational program. One scholarship worth $852.50 is available.
n Five Alyeska Alaska Native general scholarships will be awarded, each worth $1,000. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the end of fall semester and must be seeking either a vocational or general education degree at the college.
n Tuition waivers will be awarded to residents on a financial need basis. The waiver will cover tuition charges up to 13 credit hours for full-time students and up to seven for part-timers. The GPA minimum required is 2.5.
n KPC employees are offering one $150 scholarship for a part-time student at the Soldotna campus. The GPA minimum required is 2.5.
n Faculty scholarships for full-time students with a GPA of 2.5 are worth $200 each. Faculty members offer this scholarship to Soldotna campus students for help with tuition, fees and book expenses.
n One student union scholarship will be awarded to a part-time Soldotna campus student with at least a 2.0 GPA.
n The Soldotna Lions Club has a $500 scholarship for one full-time student with at least a 3.0 GPA.
n The Damon Foundation is offering a scholarship that covers tuition.
Deadlines to remember
for future full-year
n Project Management Institute: Dec. 31;
n Nursing scholarship: Dec. 31;
n The Pride Foundation: Jan. 14;
n American Welding Society: Jan. 15, full year;
n Society of Petroleum Engineers: Feb. 1;
n 2005-06 University of Alaska Foundation application: Feb. 15;
n Kenai River Sportfishing Association: March 15.
Scholarship applications can be picked up at the college. Classes begin Jan. 10.
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