The DMACC Perry VanKirk Career Acadmy held a scholarship event Wednesday night with the goal of helping future students receive free money for DMACC or other colleges and universities.
DMACC Foundation Executive Director Tara K. Connolly and Financial Aid Director Ean N. Freels were on hand to explain the scholarship ground rules, such as the March 1 deadline for most seniors applying for scholarships.
Students can still file for a scholarship until May 3, Connelly said, but the acceptance rate is lower than the rate for March 1 applications. Students can also apply for scholarships as early as Oct. 1 for the following school year, according to Freels.
The acceptance rate for scholarships at DMACC is 60 percent, and the average amount of a scholarship is about $600. Tuition at DMCC is $1,872 for a full-time student, which does not include books or other fees.
DMACC Perry Director Eddie Diaz said the scholarship night “was the school’s first year holding this event, and we met expectations. The hope is that we’ll be able to do it again next year.”
Diaz said one of the main reasons for hosting the scholarship night was to encourage people to be more active. By informing people about the scholarship process, DMACC tries to male it more likely that students will go out and do what they hope to accomplish, he said.
“If anyone didn’t come, they can still stop by the building, and Barb South or myself can help them,” Diaz said.