Redesigned Scholarship Program at Peru State Rewards Involvement and Leadership
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) President Stan Carpenter today announced that the college has redesigned its scholarship program to reward campus involvement and leadership.
Carpenter said, “The goal of the new scholarship program is to bolster on-campus enrollment. Online education has been growing by leaps and bounds throughout the past several years at Peru State. Traditional on-campus enrollment has grown as well, but at a much slower rate. We want to ensure that the campus not only remains relevant, but vibrant. We believe we can achieve that end by increasing the significance of the financial award for students who agree to pursue their degrees in a more traditional format.”
Carpenter added that the revised scholarship program will encourage students to get more involved in campus life earlier, which will aid in retention. “Studies have shown that the most successful students are those who participate in athletics, music, drama, intramurals, or other clubs and organizations,” Carpenter said. “More well-rounded students ultimately lead to a more well-rounded campus.”
The Campus Citizen Award will allow traditional freshmen a $2,000 tuition waiver each year for up to two years if they have a 2.75 or above GPA and a 20 or above ACT (1410 or above SAT) score. They must also contract to live on campus and register for and complete a minimum of 12 on-campus credit hours per semester. Students can renew the award their sophomore year if they maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, contract to live on campus, register for and complete a minimum of 12 on-campus credit hours per semester, and show evidence of being actively involved in a campus activity. If it is determined that a student has taken on a leadership role on campus the award will be increased to $3,000.
The Campus Continuing Studies Award provides a $2,000 per year tuition waiver for two years for up to 60 individuals. The criteria for the award requires that students be first-time Peru State students, have a minimum of 12 transferable hours and possess a 2.5 cumulative GPA from their previous institution. They must also agree to register for and complete 12 on-campus hours each semester. This scholarship can also be renewed for a second year if the student maintains a 2.5 GPA, registers for and completes a minimum of 12 on-campus hours each semester, and is actively involved in a campus activity.
Students are eligible to apply for these scholarships for fall 2009. Peru State’s scholarship deadline is Friday, Jan. 15.