ICC Launches Full Tuition Presidential Scholarship

October 08, 2019

Itasca Community College (ICC) has announced a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship directed at high-achieving high school seniors. In addition, the college is waiving all application fees during the month of October as part of Minnesota’s College Knowledge Month.

The Itasca Community College Foundation is partnering with the college to provide this new exciting scholarship opportunity for high academic achieving students. It complements the college’s long track record of preparing students for successful transfer and graduation in challenging fields such as engineering, education, natural resources, psychology/human services, and healthcare, in addition to students completing their general education core courses via the Associate of Arts degree.

As Enrollment Director Bill Marshall explains, “High-achieving students sometimes feel the pressure from their peers, parents, and teachers to attend top universities and elite colleges; but those who choose to stay local and start at Itasca have overwhelmingly positive experiences, and look back at their decision as a smart one financially and personally. By offering full tuition scholarships to these dedicated and talented students, we hope to encourage them to consider Itasca as a smart choice amongst their college options.”

High school seniors with ACT composite scores of 29+, who are either in the top 10% of their class, or have a GPA of 3.80 or higher can apply for the Presidential Scholarship, which is renewable for a second year. Students who are not eligible for the Presidential Scholarship will have the opportunity to apply for approximately 140 ICC Foundation Scholarships next February, and students from the area with financial need can receive additional grant funds from the Blandin Foundation. ICC is consistently ranked among top colleges in Minnesota for percentage of students who receive gift aid.

ICC Provost Dr. Bart Johnson spoke to the broader value of the scholarship to the community, “A majority of community college graduates ultimately work in the local area. A major factor is the relationships and professional connections they build during their time at the college and in the community. This scholarship allows some of the more academically gifted students to experience that, with a scholarship opportunity that is typically more prevalent at a four-year university.”

Provost Johnson also stated, “October is the best month to apply to Itasca Community College as there is no application fee, all month long. In fact, most of the colleges and universities of the Minnesota State system are waiving application fees for College Knowledge Month.”

The application for admission and the Presidential Scholarship application are both available online at www.itascacc.edu. The first priority deadline for the Presidential Scholarship is Dec. 2. Questions can be directed to Itasca’s Director of Enrollment Services, Bill Marshall at 218-322-2340 or william.marshall@itascacc.edu.

Source: Grand Rapids Herald Review

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