Attending college and universities can be expensive for many students.
Some find a part time job or take out a loan. Some can receive financial assistance by receiving a scholarship. But sadly, many scholarships go unclaimed each year.
The deadline for scholarship for the fall 2019 semester at South Plains College is March 3 at 11:59 p.m., according to Shalyn Slape, scholarship coordinator at SPC. To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must be an incoming freshman or be currently enrolled. Scholarships range from $500 – $1,500 dollars a year, meaning you would get between $250 and $750 a semester.
Slape said that, “ Only about 25 percent of applications are completed.” She said she believes that many students don’t complete it because they don’t know what their plans are for the following year. Many years, department scholarships go unclaimed because they don’t have enough students who are eligible or students just neglect to complete applications.
The problem that holds most students back for being awarded scholarships, according to Slape, is the personal essay and the letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation is a big problem because applicants often don’t give their author enough time to write something on their behalf.
The Scholarship Office, located in the Administration Building on the Leveveland campus, also awards money from outside scholarships, but many students fail to claim their money that they earned, mostly because they don’t know how to go about getting their funds, according to Slape.
If your tuition is paid for by another scholarship and you apply for a scholarship and you are awarded that money, it be can refunded back to you to use at the Bookstore or however is need.
“ Just get it done”Slape tells SPC students.
Take the time to fill out a few scholarship applications and earn some free money for attending college.