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By student writer Pauline Taylor
With changes to federal Pell Grant guidelines, students planning to transfer to a four-year university must become proactive and resourceful in finding other means to finance higher education.
For many of us with dreams of a bachelor degree and beyond, scholarships represent the new means for financial aid.
Associations and establishments award scholarships based on merit, financial need, ethnicity, military service, or major; not always GPA based. Campus and community involvement is required.
The Camden County College Foundation (CCCF), established in 1992, oversees the student scholarship program. CCC offers scholarship packets each academic year.
The applications are available throughout the campuses and online beginning in November; the deadline is February. The scholarship award ceremony is in May for the following academic year.
Melissa Daly, CCCF development associate, said, “There are always more applications than scholarship awards.” A total of 130 CCC students completed the scholarship packet for 2013-2014; 30 students will receive awards and only three students will receive full tuition waivers to attend CCC for one year. “Some of the scholarships can be used for transfer or continuing education,” Daly said.
The numbers do not lie. Students must do their own exploration on scholarships because the need is greater than the awards.
Altheia Anderson, a first-year, early childhood education student said, “I didn’t know about a scholarship program here at CCC,” nor did Skye Young, also a first-year student, who said, “My mom will have me first in line, November 2013.”
Below are links to scholarship identifiers:
http://www.educationplanner.com/parents/scholarship-search.shtml
http://www.njccc.org/transferschol.htm
http://www.collegefish.org/
http://www.scholarships.com/
http://edu.fastweb.com/v/p_reg/flow/?utm_source=fwppc&utm_medium=sPo4Ed44B&utm_content=13044245523&utm_campaign=google_SEM_RegFlow_General_US&dtp=scholarships_e&gclid=CIOctYHjwrYCFRCZ4AodFiUATw

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