Calhoun Receives $117,000 Grant for Nursing Student

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded Calhoun Community College with a $117,237 grant for the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program.

100 percent of the funds will be used to provide financial aid for eligible students enrolled in the college’s Associate Degree Nursing program during the 2013-2014 academic year, according to Dr. Debi Hendershot, dean for Calhoun’s Planning, Research and Grants department.

The only requirements for students to be eligible for a scholarship from this grant are that  they are a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.; have an unmet need above the determined threshold documented through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid); be from a disadvantaged background; and be enrolled in the Associate Degree nursing program as a full-time student.

Disadvantaged background may be defined as the following: student’s parents are deceased; student graduated from a high school with ACT scores below the national average, or student lives in a medically underserved area.

Potentially eligible students will be contacted by mail by the Calhoun Grants Office after the drop/add period of Calhoun’s fall semester and again during the spring semester.

“Our goal is to make the application process as easy for our students as possible,” commented Hendershot. “Our office mails potential eligible students a short questionnaire to verify their eligibility status, and as long as they meet all of the criteria, they receive a scholarship,” Hendershot added.

For more information on the scholarships or application procedures, contact Dr. Debi Hendershot at 256-306-2581.