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)

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

Board of Trustees Scholarship – Students for a Full Award include the valedictorian, salutatorian and the top 10% of students graduating within the last calendar year from any high school in the East Central College taxing and service district. This scholarship is renewable for a second year if a 3.3 grade point average is maintained on at least 24 credit hours completed annually.

Academic Division Scholarship – 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.

Music – 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.

Art – 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.

Communications, Media and Theater – 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.

High School Equivalency (HSE, formerly GED) Scholarship – Students are eligible for a non-renewable award if admitted on the basis of a HSE/GED Test score set by the College. Awards will be made each semester.

Harrison M. Eaton Scholarship – A 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 24 credit hours completed annually.

New Program Scholarships – A scholarship is provided for a student enrolling in a new College program. Such a scholarship may become available in the first semester of any year in which a new, fully approved program is opened to enrollment. No more than two programs may offer New Program Scholarships at any one time. The scholarship is renewable for up to three semesters if a 3.0 grade point average is maintained on at least 12 hours completed in the fall semester and 12 hours completed in the spring semester.

Home School Scholarship – Scholarship awards are available to students completing a course of home study and scoring in the ninetieth percentile on a nationally recognized test measuring academic achievement. The scholarship is renewable for up to three semesters if a 3.0 grade point average is maintained on at least 24 credit hours completed annually.

Non-traditional Student Scholarship – A non-renewable scholarship award is available for an adult student enrolling in the College who is over the age of 23 and 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.

Technical Skills Scholarships – A Full 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 24 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 24 credit hours completed annually.

Student Ambassador Scholarships – A competitive leadership program designed to attract a group of traditional and non-traditional students to represent the College to prospective students and the community. This Full Award is paid hourly, as earned, and awarded by semester. The scholarship is renewable if a 2.50 grade point average is maintained and is approved by the Director of Admissions.

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

Procedures: (Revised 7/14/2014)

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 – Up to a $1000 credit per semester to be applied to tuition and general fees. It does not cover student activity fees, special fees, books or summer session. With administrative approval, Full Awards may be divided into partial awards and divided among students.

D. Supplemental Award – Up to $250 credit per semester to be applied to student activity fees, special fees, books or summer session. These scholarships are limited in number and funded by the ECC Foundation.

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 full-time for a minimum of 12 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. In most cases, awards will not be made to students who have completed over 96 credit hours.

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

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

(Revised 5-12-2008; Revised 7-14-2014)