In 2012, the SECU Foundation established a Continuing Education Scholarship Program to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to gain new and/or upgrade current job-related skills.
Annually, the program provides a total of 580 scholarships--- 10 scholarships at $750 each to all 58 community colleges. The target groups for the program are unemployment insurance claimants, unemployed & underemployed adults, military veterans, and members of the NC National Guard.
The SECU Foundation has provided ten (10) $750 scholarships to students at each 58 North Carolina Community Colleges. With the addition of the Continuing Education scholarship program this brings our annual commitment to the NC Community College System to over $1,000,000. The funding cycle for the ten (10) scholarships will be by fiscal year; July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.
To be considered for this scholarship program, a student must:
• Be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident living in the college’s service area.
• Be in one of the following target groups: unemployment insurance claimants, unemployed & underemployed adults, member of the NC National Guard, or military veterans & spouses. Note: Underemployed will be defined as individuals earning 200% below the federal poverty level. Preference will be given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.
• Be enrolled in a short-term training program that leads to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential that is offered through Continuing Education.
• Not be a Director, employee or family member of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or SECU Foundation.
Use of Scholarship Funds
Scholarship funds will be made payable to the local community college on behalf of the student and applied to the student’s account to pay for registration fees, books, certification fees, and course supplies. Excess funds may be distributed to the student to pay for expenses such as childcare, transportation and living expenses. To be eligible for excess funds, a student must demonstrate satisfactory progress towards course completion.
This scholarship program will be administered through the college’s Continuing Education department in collaboration with their Financial Aid office. Scholarships are need-based, but do not require FAFSA documentation. Students must submit a scholarship application to the college’s designee. Applications will be reviewed by a scholarship selection committee.
This scholarship program will apply to the following classes in the ConEd Fall and Winter Term: July 1, 2015 - May 15, 2016.
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