To help students impacted by the pandemic, Ozarks Technical Community College will offer $100,000 in scholarships this summer.
Ozarks Technical Community College (Photo: Kristina Bridges-Templeton)
The college will distribute 200 scholarships worth $500 on a first-come, first-serve basis for the summer session, which starts July 1.
Mark Miller, director of communications for OTC, said the scholarship will cover tuition for a three-hour course for most students. For example, a student from the OTC taxing district will pay $462 for a three-credit-hour general education course.
He said nearly all the courses offered in the summer are general education courses and all will be offered online.
The scholarships are open to students currently enrolled at OTC or students from other colleges whose spring semester was disrupted by the pandemic.
“We developed these scholarships to help ease the financial burden for students, whether they attended OTC this spring or not,” said OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon, in a Tuesday news release.
“It’s important for students to keep moving toward their educational goals, and these scholarships essentially give students a free class this summer.”
To be eligible for the scholarships, students must enroll in at least six credit hours at OTC for summer 2020. Their spring 2020 semester must have also been altered in one of the following ways:
- Courses changed from in-person to online;
- A parent or guardian’s financial situation was negatively impacted by the pandemic. For example, a job was lost or work hours cut;
- The student’s financial situation was negatively impacted.
Registration for the summer and fall semesters at OTC started Tuesday. The course schedule is available online at www.otc.edu/schedules.
Students can apply for the scholarships online at www.otc.edu.
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