Students looking for money to pay for college should look no further than Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
The college is promoting close to 50 scholarships this fall to students currently enrolled at Kalamazoo Valley. Award amounts and criteria vary based on the scholarship. “There is a lot of scholarship money available,” said Financial Aid Director Roger Miller. “I really encourage students to take the time to apply. You never know what types of scholarships you could be eligible to receive.”
Funding for scholarships is provided by the state of Michigan, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, the private sector, and the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation.
“For the 2015-2016 school year, the college award $1.65 million in scholarship dollars to deserving students,” Miller said. Applying for scholarships has never been easier, Miller explained, thanks to an online processing system that allows students to complete one general scholarship application and the system automatically considers scholarships that match the student’s application and eligibility requirements.
“It really simplifies the process for our students,” Miller said. “Students can indicate their area of study and the system will find scholarships that match. Students no longer have to complete individual applications for each scholarship they are applying for. It has eliminated a lot of work for everyone.”
The college has been using the online application process since January of this year. The simplified system has significantly increased the number of students applying for scholarships.
Scholarships through the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation for current Kalamazoo Valley students are promoted twice a year. The applications for the fall semester scholarships are currently being reviewed. Funds will be awarded in November/December. Winter semester scholarships will be promoted in late January and awarded in February/March. All registered students are notified via email when applications are being accepted. Miller encourages all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to filling out any scholarship applications, as it may increase consideration for other scholarship opportunities.
Students interested in attending Kalamazoo Valley also have the opportunity to earn scholarship dollars to use toward their tuition. Each year, the college offers 48 Trustee Achievement Scholarships to area high schools and alternative high schools. This includes Climax-Scotts, Comstock, Galesburg-Augusta, Gull Lake, Kalamazoo, Mattawan, Parchment, Portage, Schoolcraft and Vicksburg. The scholarships are a one time, $1,000 award to be used the fall semester following high school graduation. The high schools determine who is selected to receive the awards. “It’s up to the high school counselors to determine who is most deserving of the award,” Miller explained. For more information and a complete list of available scholarships, visit www.kvcc.edu/scholarships.