Tech college students eligible for scholarships too

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By Susan Pohorski

At age 38, Jeannette Eauslin of Wausau was laid off from her job of 10 years because of the economy; she was out of work and wondering what to do next. She decided to prepare for a new career by enrolling in the radiography program at Northcentral Technical College. But with no job she needed financial help to make that education possible.

Cash for College graphic of tree with dollar signs growing on it.That help came in the form of a scholarship through the NTC Foundation. “I would not have been able to go back to school without the scholarship,” Jeannette said. “It’s the difference between me being in school and not being in school. It’s my future.”

Each year thousands of students attending Wisconsin’s technical colleges receive scholarships to help cover tuition, technical and professional equipment, textbooks, transportation and childcare. All of Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges have foundations that administer scholarship funds donated by individuals, businesses, industry and professional groups, as well as federal funds. The scholarships are need-based and merit-based, program specific and general student support. Students of every age benefit and even part-time students may be eligible for this type of funding.

For example last year two Fox Valley Technical College students received scholarships from the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Melissa Schuerman received $5,000 and Ryan Seefeldt received $2,000.

S.C. Johnson Company donated $100,000 to Gateway Technical College for up to five $1,000 scholarships each year in any associate degree program. Gateway’s foundation awards more than 150 scholarships annually to high school seniors and continuing education students ranging from $250 to $2,000.

Moraine Park Technical College obtained a grant through the National Science Foundation to provide 30 scholarships annually to students in 13 science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) programs. The awards range from $500 to $10,000. STEM scholars also have access to special enrichment opportunities.

Recently more than 240 Chippewa Valley Technical College students were awarded $130,000 in scholarships. These students represented a variety of programs of study including electromechanical technology, radiography, physical therapist assistant, criminal justice, IT-network specialist and dental hygienist.

Visit your local technical college website or call the Financial Aid office to find out more about scholarships available to you.  It could open the door to your future.