3.5 Institutional Scholarships Policy

The East Central College institutional scholarship program, funded through the general fund of the College, is intended to provide access to East Central College to students who demonstrate academic or performance excellence or could not otherwise attend due to the lack of necessary financial resources.  The number of scholarships awarded each year will be contingent upon funding, as determined by the College during its budget development process.

Scholarships: (Revised 7-14-2014; 11-6-2017)

The following scholarships are approved by the Board of Trustees for funding through the general fund of the College.

Board of Trustees Scholarship – This award is for full-time students and will recognize high academic achievers who reside in the East Central College taxing and service district and who have graduated within the last five calendar years.  Awards will not exceed the amount equal to in-district tuition and common fee charge.

New Recipient Eligibility

New recipients must meet one of the following criteria:

a.  High school graduates with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or who rank in the top 10% of their high school class.

b.  High school equivalency completion – HiSET students who have made a minimum total scaled score of 75 on the examination.

c.  Home schooled students, completing a course of home study and scoring in the ninetieth percentile on a nationally recognized test measuring academic achievement.

d.  Currently enrolled East Central College (ECC) students who have completed at least twelve credit hours of coursework numbered above 100 at ECC and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

e.  Transfer students who have completed at least twelve credit hours of coursework numbered above 100 at ECC and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

Renewal Recipient Eligibility

a.  Recipients must maintain a 3.3 minimum cumulative grade point average.

b.  Recipients must complete at least 30 credit hours annually.

c.  Recipients may be awarded for up to five terms, including summer, if eligible.

President’s Scholarship – This award is for students enrolled less than full-time, but at least half-time, and will recognize high academic achievers who reside in the East Central College taxing and service district and who have graduated within the last five calendar years.  Awards will not exceed the amount equal to in-district tuition and common fees charge.

New Recipient Eligibility

New recipients must meet one of the following criteria:

a.  High school graduates with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or who rank in the top 10% of their high school class.

b.  High school equivalency completion – HiSET students who have made a minimum total scaled score of 75 on the examination.

c.  Home schooled students, completing a course of home study and scoring in the ninetieth percentile on a nationally recognized test measuring academic achievement.

d.  Currently enrolled East Central College (ECC) students who have completed at least six credit hours of coursework numbered above 100 at ECC and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

e.  Transfer students who have completed at least six credit hours of coursework numbered above 100 at ECC and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

Renewal Recipient Eligibility

a.  Recipients must maintain a 3.3 minimum cumulative grade point average.

b.  Recipients must complete at least 15 credit hours annually.

c.  Recipients may be awarded for up to ten terms, including summer, if eligible.

Non-traditional Student Scholarship – This non-renewable award is for students over the age of 23 whose family income makes the student ineligible for need-based federal financial aid.  To be eligible, the student must be enrolled in no fewer than six (6) credit hours and have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours at East Central College with a 3.0 grade point average.  Awards will not exceed the amount equal to in-district tuition and common fees charge.

Targeted Recruitment Scholarships – Targeted recruitment scholarships will be utilized to help realize the College’s recruitment goals.

  1. Music

This award is for full-time students.  Awards will not exceed the amount equal to in-district tuition and common fees charge.

Scholarship awards are provided for music majors and for students who may not be music majors but who participate in musical group performances. Eligibility criteria will be determined by faculty from the discipline. Scholarships will be awarded based on faculty recommendations.

  1. Art

       This award is for full-time students.  Awards will not exceed the amount equal to in-district tuition and common fees charge.

Scholarship awards are provided for art majors. Eligibility criteria will be determined by faculty from the discipline. Scholarships will be awarded based on faculty recommendations.

  1. Communications, Media, and Theater

This award is for full-time students.  Awards will not exceed the amount equal to in-district tuition and common fees charge.

Scholarships are provided for communications, media and theater majors and/or students working in and on theater productions. Eligibility criteria will be determined by faculty from the discipline. Scholarships will be awarded based on faculty recommendations.

 Academic Division Scholarship – This award is for full-time students.  Each division will be approved for an equal number of one year, non-renewable awards.  Each division will decide on the award distribution within and among the disciplines, taking into consideration the availability of other scholarships and financial aid.  Those awards made to the division(s) that house the disciplines of art, music and theater will go to students enrolled in or majoring in other areas, since those disciplines have their own awards.

Harrison M. Eaton Scholarship – This waiver of tuition and general fees is provided for an education major; renewable if a 3.3 grade point average is maintained on at least 30 credit hours completed annually.

Technical Skills Scholarship – This full scholarship award is available to students from any high school in the East Central College taxing and service district pursuing an AAS degree in an area where they have demonstrated exemplary skills by scoring either first, second or third in a state (or higher) level technical skills competition in a program area articulated from their high school or area career center to a degree program at the College.  The scholarship is renewable for a second year if a 3.3 grade point average is maintained on at least 30 credit hours completed annually.

A partial scholarship award is available to students from any high school in the East Central College taxing and service district pursuing an AAS degree in an area where they have demonstrated high potential in their chosen career field by scoring either first, second or third in a district level technical skills competition in a program area articulated from their high school or area career center to a degree program at the College.  The scholarship is renewable for a second year if a 3.3 grade point average is maintained on at least 30 credit hours completed annually.

College Completion Scholarship – This award is for students who are within 12 credit hours of degree or certificate completion.  Awards will not exceed the amount equal to in-district tuition and common fees charges for one course.

Recipient Eligibility

a.  Must be 12 credits or less away from degree completion.

b.  Must have a cumulative grade point average or 2.0 or above.

c.  Must not receive federal or state grants or loans, nor third-party forms of payment

 Operation: Graduation! Scholarship – This one-time, $500 award is for students who are meeting the 15 to Finish timeline toward degree completion within the first two years of college coursework following high school graduation.

Recipient Eligibility

a.  Student must complete 30 credit hours during a one-year period at ECC.

b.  Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or above.

Additional scholarships are available through the ECC Foundation; information is available on the Foundation website at www.eccfoundation.org.

Procedures:  (Revised 7/14/2014; 11/6/2017)

A.  Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit and/or need as defined by the scholarship type.

B.  All award processes will abide by federal and state statutes and regulations concerning non-discrimination.

C.  Full Award – The cost of no more than 15 credit hours, plus general fees, per semester at the Tier I rate. It does not cover special fees or books. With administrative approval, Full Awards may be divided into Partial Awards and divided among students.

D.  Supplemental Award – Up to $500 credit per semester to be applied to special fees, books or summer session.

E.  Scholarships not used in the semester in which they are awarded will be forfeited.

F.  Unless otherwise noted, all scholarship award recipients must enroll fulltime for a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester.

G.  To be eligible for an institutional scholarship, all scholarship applicants must first complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the online College scholarship application by the priority deadline for early consideration. Information on financial aid, scholarships, the application process and relevant deadlines is available electronically through the Office of Financial Aid and the ECC Foundation Office.

H.  Institutional awards will not exceed the amount equal to in-district tuition and common fees charge.  Students must be a native U.S. Citizen, Naturalized or Permanent Resident.  Students who have been granted an institutional award equal to the amount of in-district tuition and common fees charges from one college source shall not be eligible to receive an additional award from another college source.  Other tuition specific awards will be used before any institutional scholarship is awarded (e.g., A+, VA funding).

I.  General eligibility for scholarships is terminated when a student completes 66 or more credit hours at ECC (students are allowed to change majors one time and, in such cases, will no longer be eligible at 96 credit hours); when a student completes the requirements for an ECC degree, regardless of whether or not they apply for graduation; or when a student obtains a degree from ECC.

J.  Unless otherwise noted, scholarships may be awarded to new or returning students.

K.  Students found to be in violation of a Code of Conduct may lose scholarships as a consequence.

L.  All scholarship awards, whatever the source of funding, must be awarded and monitored by the Office of Financial Aid.

(Revised 5-12-2008; 7-14-2014; 11-6-2017)