Sunday is last day for turning in applications.
By Giselle Guadron
With the cost of gas being inconsistent, the cost of books and other necessities that come up, why not give yourself an opportunity for some financial help. Students can apply for an Alamo Colleges Foundation Scholarship, but hurry because the final application deadline is Sunday.
The Alamo Colleges Foundation has been helping students with scholarships to help ease the cost of an education. In the 2014-2015 academic school year, 4,400 students applied for scholarships. “The number of students applying has been increasing,” said Jim Eskin, executive director, Alamo Colleges Foundation, Inc., district office of institutional advancement.
Two thousands students have earned $1.8 million in scholarships as of July 31.
Go to the Alamo Colleges website http://alamo.edu/foundation/scholarships, to begin your application.
The application process is “user friendly,” Eskin added. Only one application needs to be filled out. Be sure to fill answer every question: your answers will help determine which scholarships you are eligible for. Scholarships range from “all majors, to fields of study and then some,” he said.
Once you have completed an application, there will be three essays to submit. Do not let the essays scare you away, scholarship coordinator Anna Rangel said.
“If students need assistance in writing essays to go to the college writing lab,” Rangel said.
The Writing Lab is located in Room 203 of Gonzales Hall. Hours are: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. To schedule an appointment, call 210-486-1433 or visit www.alamo.edu/sac/wctr.
You will be notified through ACES email if you have been awarded a scholarship. “With the cost of books, to get help paying tuition and fees, all scholarship recipients are grateful,” Rangel said.
If you have extra time this weekend, just set aside some time to submit the application. “One hour of work, it’s possible to get $500 or $1,000 or more for school,” Rangel said.
For more information, go to the Alamo Colleges Foundation website at www.alamo.edu/foundation/ or call the Alamo Colleges Foundation at 210-485-0044.