Scholarship Deadlines Approaching

Financial Rewards for Housing Grants Await Good Citizens at Genesee

Sowing the seeds of good citizenship can reap many benefits for Genesee Community College students planning to live on campus while they work toward their goal of an associate's degree.

In an ongoing effort to attract exemplary students to its residence life facility, Genesee is offering the College Village Citizenship Scholarships to a wide array of young student leaders who are involved in and supporters of their hometown communities. From Eagle Scouts to 4-H Ambassadors, church members to camp counselors, College officials hope to award 20 or more annual Citizenship Scholarships of $1,000 each with a maximum of two scholarships per high school.

The scholarship is open to incoming freshmen directly out of high school and also to non-traditional aged students who wish to live in quality student housing while studying at Genesee.

"We are seeking worthy and deserving students who have demonstrated leadership, interpersonal and motivational skills, and who have shown a commitment to community service," Rick Ensman, director of Development and External Affairs said. "The Citizenship Scholarship is among many programs here at Genesee that build and promote student leadership."

The Honors Program, the President's Program for Students, the RA or Resident Assistant program, and many other opportunities exist to recognize and support leadership abilities. Genesee not only hopes to encourage and help develop these qualities, but also support these students through the Citizenship Scholarship, Ensman noted.

High school students and those entering college later in life, from New York and neighboring states, are eligible to be nominated. Usually, students are nominated by a teacher, coach, fellow church member, or by someone familiar with the student's citizenship qualities.

College Village Citizenship Scholarship nomination forms are available online at http://www.genesee.edu/depts/admissions/financial/scholarships.cfm or by calling the financial aid office at 585-345-6900.

Ensman said that all nominations should be received by the Admissions Office by March 3. From there, a committee will review the applications and award the scholarships. Many students who received the scholarship as freshmen have received the award during their second year as a Genesee on-campus resident.

The College Village Citizenship Scholarship is one of several scholarships available to incoming and current students at Genesee Community College. Last year, Genesee's financial aid office administered nearly $15 million in scholarships, grants and federal and state loans.

College Village, the apartment-style residence community, is located just a short walking distance from the Batavia campus, and provides an enhanced living experience for Genesee students. A caring, professional Residence Life team, Security staff, and Resident Assistants are there to help students during their adjustment period, and an assortment of social activities and outings occur weekly.

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Multiple Scholarship Opportunity Deadlines Approachingat Genesee Community College

Scholarship opportunities abound for high school seniors in the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming (GLOW) county region looking to pursue educational goals and career objectives at Genesee Community College.

From the President's Scholarship for academic excellence to the Challenge Scholarship designed to meet special circumstances, Genesee offers a wide array of funding streams to residents of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Other scholarships available to students include the Technology Opportunity Pathway (TOP) program for those pursuing associate degrees in computer science, engineering, mathematics and related fields; the Alumni Legacy Award for children and parents of Genesee graduates who are enrolled in a health-related program; and 71 other scholarship award programs that represent a wide array of different organizations, civic groups, and families who support the work of the Genesee Community College Foundation.

"Now is the time to apply for these scholarships," said Joseph Bailey, Genesee's director of student financial assistance. "Students applying early are able to move forward and not have to wait or worry about the financial side of college life. They can fully concentrate on academics."

Bailey said he encourages all students to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible to determine eligibility for federal and state grants and loans. He and his staff will help with the FAFSA process, he said, and make sure students are aware of scholarship prospects.

Genesee's Office of Student Financial Assistance has distributed nearly $15 million in scholarships, grants and aid to students last year, Bailey said. The application deadline for all scholarship opportunities this year is March 3, 2006.

The prestigious President's Scholarship is given to a student who has maintained high academic standards while in high school and whose co-curricular efforts have formed the beginning of a lifelong pursuit of extraordinary achievement.President's Scholarship recipients are guaranteed two years of tuition-free education at Genesee as long as they meet and maintain eligibility requirements. Eligibility requirements include:

Student must be a resident of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans or Wyoming County.Student must be in his or her senior year of high school.Student must apply for admission at Genesee.At the end of the student's junior year of high school, he or she must have an academic average of at least 90 or be ranked in the top 10 percent of his or her class.The student's senior year course work must encompass college preparatory classes and show commitment to a high level of academic achievement.

The amount of the award will equal the amount needed to complete full tuition payment after all other public and private financial aid is calculated or $1,000 per year, whichever is greater. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and complete 12 or more credits during each semester. The scholarship does not cover books and college fees.

Application deadline for the President's Scholarship is March 3. The application includes a space for the students' academic and extra-curricular achievements and also requires a 400- to 500-word essay.

"The President's Scholarship is very competitive, especially considering the essay component," Bailey said. "We're finding that more and more students who have options to go to other schools are choosing Genesee. Generally, between 15 and 20 President's Scholarships are awarded annually."

Capsule summaries of the other Genesee Community College scholarships are as follows:

Technology Opportunity Pathway (TOP)A National Science Foundation grant to Genesee supports scholarships for full-time students in Computer Information Systems, Computer Systems and Network Technologies, Computer Support and Operations, Engineering Science, Computerized Drafting, and Liberal Arts: Math/Science.

Students must demonstrate academic potential or ability (minimum 2.5 GPA or equivalent) and also prove financial need as defined by federal financial aid guidelines. College faculty and high school counselors work closely with students during the application process, Bailey noted.

Challenge ScholarshipThe Challenge Scholarship was initiated to address exceptional financial hardship - such as high utility bills or excessive vehicle repairs - faced by new and continuing Genesee students. The Genesee Community College Foundation and U.S. Department of Education Title III Endowment Challenge Program funds the program.

Students are considered after being nominated by staff or faculty.

Foundation ScholarshipCollege supporters in the GLOW Region offer various scholarships that encourage study in fields vital to the well-being of local communities as well as many based on need and merit. Most are available to incoming freshmen while some are specific to second-year students.

Examples of Foundation Scholarships are the Batavia Lions Club Scholarship, Dansville Area Scholarship Trust, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, Nancy J. Gringer Nursing Scholarship, Pioneer Faculty Association Scholarship and Wyoming County Bank Scholarship.

Alumni Legacy AwardUp to $500 per year is available to children and parents of Genesee graduates who have enrolled in a health-related course of study and exhibit academic excellence. Students may apply for this scholarship via the Genesee Community College Foundation Scholarship application form.

Genesee has scheduled a Financial Aid Day on Wednesday, March 22 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Batavia Campus in the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union. Participants will be provided with food, refreshments and prizes.

Applications for all scholarships as well as for grants and loans are available by calling 585-345-6900 or on the Genesee web site - www.genesee.edu/scholarships. Students also can look for scholarships at www.fastweb.com, a free search site promoted by Genesee's Office of Student Financial Assistance.

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