Types of Student Scholarships

The following is a list of the available scholarships that students can qualify for. Qualification varies based on the requirements of each scholarship.

Top Ten Percent Scholarship Program (TTP)
State Scholarships: Nursing Scholarships
Athletic Scholarships
Judging Team Scholarships
Academic and General Institutional Scholarships
Foundation Named and Endowed Scholarships
Leadership Scholarships

 

Student Scholarship Committee

Responsibilities of the Student Scholarship Committee:

A. To determine criteria for the establishment of endowed and general scholarships
B. To determine eligibility criteria for all scholarship recipients
C. To select recipients from eligible applicants for general and endowed scholarships
D. To serve as appeal body for review of Financial Aid decisions
E. To review the effectiveness of Clarendon College's student scholarship program
F. To make recommendations to the President.

The composition of the Committee includes faculty and administration from Clarendon College, including the Director of Financial Aid and Dean of Administrative Services.

 

Top 10% Scholarship Program (TTP)

Purpose of the Program

The 80th Texas legislature created the Top 10 Percent Scholarship to encourage students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class to attend a Texas public institution of higher education.

Determining Eligibility

Students must meet all eligibility and ranking criteria, complete a FAFSA or TASFA (if applicable) and file by March 1**. Students will be notified on their financial aid award notification received from the college to which they apply.

**FAFSA or TASFA must be processed and cannot be in a REJECT status; a Student Aid Report (SAR) for the student must be on file at the college or university by March 1.

Initial Eligibility Requirements

1. Be a Texas resident
2. Demonstrate financial need (to be determined by the college or university financial aid office)
3. Complete a FAFSA or TASFA (if applicable) and file by March 1 for the following academic year**
4. Complete Recommended or Distinguished Achievement HS curriculum
5. Rank in the top 10 percent (as of his/her 7th semester or 6th if the college uses that semester for admissions)
6. Graduate from an accredited high school in Texas
7. Enroll fulltime in a Texas public 2-year or 4-year college or university in fall

Renewal Requirements (contingent upon available funding)

a. Complete 30 semester credit hours (SCH) in the previous year
b. Maintain cumulative 3.25 GPA
c. Complete at least 75% of hours attempted
d. Students must meet all eligibility and ranking criteria
e. Complete a FAFSA or TASFA (if applicable) and file by March 1**
f. Students will be notified on their financial aid award notification received from the college to which they apply

**FAFSA or TASFA must be processed and cannot be in a REJECT status; a Student Aid Report (SAR) for the student must be on file at the college or university by March 1.

Payment

Students who submit their FAFSA after March 1 will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds have been spent. Funds will only be available until August 31.

Amount of the Award

May be eligible to receive up to $2,000 if they enroll fulltime in a Texas public college or university in the fall semester.

 

Nursing Scholarships (NRS)

Purpose of the Program

The Nursing Scholarship Programs provide financial assistance to students in programs of study as registered nurses or vocational nurses. Both financial need and academic performance are considered in selecting recipients. Awards may not exceed the student's financial need or the program maximum, whichever is less. Figures reflect activities in the following scholarship programs: Program for Rural Professional Nursing Students, Program for Rural Vocational Nursing Students, General Program for Vocational Nursing Scholarships, General Program for Professional Nursing Scholarships, Program for Rural BSN or Graduate Students, and the Program for LVNs Studying to Become RNs. Funding is from state appropriations.

Determining Eligibility

Recipients will be selected during the Fall semester of each award year based on the following criteria:

a. Are Texas residents
b. Show financial need
c. Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement
d. Enroll in classes leading to Licensure as a Professional Nurse
e. Enroll on at least a آ½-time basis

Payment

Recipients will be selected during the Fall semester of each award year.

Amount of Award

The maximum award for a student through any of the programs is the lesser of the student's financial need or the program maximum as stated below:

1. for the Scholarship Program for Rural Professional Nursing Students--$1,500 per year for those enrolled in an associate degree program; $2,500 for each student enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program;
2. for the Scholarship Program for Licensed Vocational Nurses Becoming Professional Nurses--$1,500 for students enrolled in an associate degree program; $2,500 for those enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program;
3. for the Scholarship Program for Rural BSN and Graduate Nursing Students--$2,500 per year; and
4. for the General Scholarship for Professional Nursing Students--$2,000 per year.

 

Certified Teachers Aide Scholarship (CTA)

Purpose of the Program

This program helps Certified Teacher's Aides who want to continue their education and eventually obtain their Teacher's certification. By participating in the program, an Applicant will be able to be exempt from payment of tuition and fees when attending colleges or universities in Texas (other than class or laboratory fees) per year of eligibility. Spring term exemptions are conditional upon meeting program requirements in the fall. Summer awards depend upon availability of funds. Students who receive awards in one year may apply for awards in subsequent years.

Determining Eligibility

To be eligible the student must:

• Apply for financial aid which includes filing the FAFSA.
• Be a resident of Texas.
• Be certified as Educational Aides by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification.
• Have at least 2 school years experience as certified educational aides working in a Texas public school classroom directly with students.
• Be employed as a certified educational aid by a public school during the period of enrollment for which the exemption is given.
• Be enrolled in classes leading to teacher certification at the time he/she receive the exemption.

Like all financial aid, the student must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

Payment

The exemption should be awarded as soon as the institution has determine the students eligibility. If the student has already paid for his or her tuition and relevant fees before the college receives the letter, the institution needs to send the Board a Reimbursement Request, and the student will be refunded. If the institution exempted the student automatically, a Reimbursement Request will still need to be submitted to the Board. The Financial Aid Office of each institution will need to notify their Business Office of the amount each student is to be exempted through this program. Keep in mind that the maximum amount an eligible student can receive is his/her financial need or tuition and relevant fees, whichever is less.

Once the institution has determined the student's eligibility and the institution knows how much is to be reimbursed (which is usually after the term's census date), an institution must submit a Reimbursement Request Form to the Coordinating Board. DO NOT SEND A REIMBURSEMENT REQUEST FOR A STUDENT IF THE INSTITUTION HAS NOT DETERMINED THE STUDENTS ELIGIBILITY. The Board will then request the funds. Requests are only processed on the 1st and 15th of each month. It takes approximately 2-3 weeks for the Board to receive the funds after they have been requested. When the funds are received, the Board will Electronically Transfer Funds (EFT) to the institution. The Reporting Officer will receive an EFT email notification which includes the list of students and dollar amounts to be disbursed to each.

Amount of Award

Important Deadlines - Semester Application Period

• Spring only November 1, 2010 - July 1
• Summer - April 1, 201 - July 1, 2011
• Fall and Spring June 1 - July 1
• Fall only June 1 - February 1

All fees that are considered mandatory by the institution are covered, with the exception of class and laboratory fees. There is not a set definition of class fees. Each institution will have to make its own interpretation.

 

Early High School Graduation Scholarship

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the Early High School Graduation Scholarship Program is to provide tuition and fee assistance to students completing grades 9 - 12 early or with a significant number of college hours; thus, enabling and encouraging the student to attend college in Texas.

Determining Eligibility

Students who graduated between 9/1/2005 and 6/14/2007 and ...

1. Graduated from a Texas public high school;
2. Completed either the recommended high school curriculum or the distinguished achievement high school curriculum* in no more than 36 consecutive months, no more than 41 months or no more than 45 months;
3. Attended high school in Texas only;
4. Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement; and
5. Are Texas residents.

Students who graduated on or after 6/15/2007 and ...

1. Graduated from a Texas public high school;
2. Completed either the recommended high school curriculum or the distinguished achievement high school curriculum* in no more than 36 consecutive months, no more than 41 months or no more than 46 months;
3. Attended one or more public high schools in this state for the majority of time the person attended high school;
4. Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement; and
5. Are US citizens or otherwise lawfully authorized to be in the United States.

* A student who does not satisfy the high school curriculum requirement will be considered to have satisfied those requirements if the high school from which the student graduates notes on the student's transcript that the student was unable to complete the appropriate curriculum within the time allowed because the necessary courses were unavailable due to course scheduling, lack of enrollment capacity or another cause not in the student's control.

Eligibility to receive an award through this program begins with the first regular semester or term following high school graduation (excluding the summer session between graduation and the first fall term). Eligibility ends six years later, unless the student seeks and is granted a hardship extension.

Payment

To obtain an application for this program please download the Early High School Graduation Scholarship application. High school counselor must submit a certification form to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the student's behalf. The Board then assesses the student's eligibility, determines his/her award, and if the student qualifies, sends an award letter to the student, the relevant high school and the college the student plans to attend.

Amount of Award

An otherwise eligible student who graduates in no more than 36 months receives $2,000 for use toward tuition and required fees. If he/she also graduates with at least 15 semester credit hours of college credit, he/she may receive an additional $1,000.

An otherwise eligible student who graduates in more than 36 months but no more than 41 months receives $500 for use toward tuition and required fees. If he/she also graduates with at least 30 semester credit hours of college credit, he/she may receive an additional $1,000.

An otherwise eligible student who graduates in more than 41 months but no more than 45 months (46 months for students graduating after 6/15/2007) can receive $1,000 if he/she graduates with at least 30 semester credit hours of college credit.

 

Robert C. Byrd Scholarship

Purpose of the Program

This program, which is federally funded and state-administered, is designed to recognize exceptionally able high school seniors who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education. The Department awards funds to state education agencies (SEAs), which make scholarship awards to eligible applicants.

Determining Eligibility

The application and instructions can be viewed and downloaded. High School and GED students should contact their high school or GED center counselor for additional information.

The selection of applicants is based on college entrance exam scores, GED scores, and among high school students, grade point average (Converting a grade point average to a 4.00 scale), and rank in class. Students attending both public and private, non-profit colleges and universities may participate in the program. The award may be used at any eligible in-state or out-of-state institution of higher education. Students who will attend a U.S. Military Academy are not eligible.

Payment

Recipients will be selected during the Fall semester of each award year.

Amount of the Award

The maximum award is $1,500 per year for up to four years.

 

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