New scholarships for students are now available

Scholarships can play an important role in academic success. Scholarship availability is based on grade point average, field of study and financial need. For those looking for scholarship opportunities, here are some recommendations:

Established in 2016, the Level Up Scholarship supports students with financial need who are attending one of the schools in the Dallas County Community College District. The scholarship is open to Dallas County residents 21 years of age or older who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is designed to provide additional money to cover the cost of books and tuition not covered by other financial aid.

To be eligible for the Level Up Scholarship, students must be enrolled in a “Promise Pathway,” which includes the fields of Manufacturing, Mechatronics, Computer Information Technology, Construction, Electrical Technology, Electrical Engineering, Emergency Medical Technology, Logistics Technology, Retail Management, Medical Front Office, Multimedia Technology, Veterinary Technology, Welding Technology, Early Childhood majors. Preference will be given to veteran applicants.

Applicants must meet federal guidelines and complete the entire Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process by May 1, 2018. The Level Up scholarship requires students to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours with a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA). The recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA each semester.

After receiving the scholarship, the recipient must communicate with a mentor at least twice a semester, complete their degree or certificate in 18 months and maintain the requirements to receive the spring scholarship. Failure to do so could result in a loss of scholarship benefits. Scholarship awards vary. The application deadline for the spring semester is Jan. 6, 2018.

The Joe Stanco Memorial Scholarship was established in 2003 by the friends and family of the long-time Richland College English professor. It awards scholarships of $400 to Richland students.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours for the semester with a minimum three credit hour honors course at Richland for the period of award. The minimum GPA requirement is 3.5. One recommendation letter from a Richland College Honors professor is also required.

Students must answer the supplemental questions: 1. What is your major along with which current activities are you involved in? 2. What are your college and career goals? 3. What is your major along with what current activities are you involved in? 4. Provide a name and email address of a Richland College Honors professor for a letter of recommendation.

Applicants can contact the Richland College Honors Program for a list of Honors professors at 972-238-6938 or Deadline is on Jan. 15, 2018.