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New scholarship programs at PJC

Published or Revised April 27, 2017

Paris Junior College is offering tremendous incentives to allow Lamar and Red River County students to complete their degrees at PJC. The new scholarship options are available for the Fall 2017 semester for Lamar and Red River county residents. A scholarship covering tuition from one Summer I or Summer II class is also currently available for all graduating high school seniors in the PJC service area.

Another generous donation from the PJC Memorial Foundation allows the College to offer $1 million in scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year, starting with the Fall 2017 semester. Awards are already being made, so students should apply for those funds as soon as possible.

In Lamar County, the new PJC Academic Promise will pay the remaining college tuition and general fee balance to complete an Associate of Science or Arts degree, up to 60 hours, after PELL and other state grant/scholarship programs are applied. The new PJC Workforce Promise will pay the remaining college tuition and general fee balance to complete a certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree, up to 60 hours, after PELL and other state grant/scholarship programs are applied. These new programs are for Lamar County residents meeting eligibility criteria, and who are enrolling in the Fall 2017 semester.

”This is an important way for Paris Junior College to support the citizens of Lamar County,” said PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin. “The new scholarships will mean more students gaining credentials and degrees, and that helps Lamar County build the skilled workforce it needs to remain competitive in the global economy.”

In Red River County, the Stanley Tate Davis PJC Academic Promise helps pay for college tuition and general fee for students completing an Associate of Science or Arts degree, up to 60 hours, after PELL and other state grant/scholarship programs are applied.

The summer tuition scholarship covering a Summer I or Summer II class tuition is again available to those graduating from high schools in the entire PJC service area in Delta, Fannin, Lamar, Hunt, Hopkins and Red River counties. Graduating high school seniors can take either a core academic or workforce class.

Eligibility requirements for the PJC Academic Promise include: student has successfully completed 24 or more dual credit or concurrent college credits with PJC by spring 2017 high school graduation; has a 2.5 GPA or higher; is a Lamar County resident (paying in-district tuition); has completed the FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov); and is a high school graduate.

PJC Workforce Promise eligibility requirements include: student has successfully completed 10 or more dual credit or concurrent Workforce College credits with PJC by spring 2017 high school graduation; has a 2.5 GPA or higher; is a Lamar County resident (paying in-district tuition); has completed the FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov); and is a high school graduate.

To be eligible for the Stanley Tate Davis PJC Academic Promise, a student must have successfully completed 18 or more dual credit or concurrent college credits with PJC by spring 2017 high school graduation; have a 2.5 GPA or higher; be a Red River County resident; have completed the FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov); and is a high school graduate.

“It is important for students and their families to know the Promise programs are based on dual or concurrent college credit from PJC only,” said Dr. Anglin. “We also want current middle and high school students in Lamar and Red River counties to start planning their Pathways, knowing that PJC will help them pay for their education when they get here.”

Requirements for all three programs include enrollment in the Fall 2017 semester in a PJC Pathway certificate or degree; maintain a 2.5 College GPA; successive semester enrollment; enroll as required by the program (Lamar County Academic Promise is 15 hours per semester; Lamar County Workforce Promise is as required by the specific program to be full-time; Red River Workforce Program is 12 hours per semester); and successfully complete at least 70 percent of the attempted hours (in three semesters).

The link to the scholarship application may be found by going to http://www.parisjc.edu/scholarships. High school seniors wanting the summer class scholarship should enter “graduating senior 2017” in the scholarship application box that asks for “semester/year to attend PJC.” Those wishing to apply for fall scholarships should select fall - and they need to apply now.

Early registration for summer is going on now and begins for the fall semester on Thursday, April 20. For questions or more information contact Sheila Reece at 903-782-0211 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Linda Slawson at 903-782-0242 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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