April 28, 2014
Qualifying students should apply as soon as possible
The Northeastern Junior College Foundation has announced that it has received another significant grant from the Daniels Fund to provide Boundless Opportunity Scholarships to non-traditional students from all walks of life. The college has been awarded $35,000 to award grants the next two years, or $17,500 per year to be split out among students. Awards are expected to be an estimated $2000 per student during the duration of the award.
Non-traditional students at Northeastern are typically classified as those over 23 years of age, or students with specific circumstances such as being a single parent. The Daniels Fund has gone one step further and targeted the following groups to receive awards. Students who are adult learners, GED recipients, foster care youth, juvenile justice youth, returning military, individuals pursuing EMT/paramedic training and individuals pursuing Early Childhood Education (ECE) certification. Anyone in these categories is eligible to apply for these scholarship awards.
Boundless Opportunity Scholarships help highly-motivated students achieve their goals by providing financial assistance toward a better education, and a better life for themselves and their families. Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund said that these scholarships are intended to benefit non-traditional students seeking the economic and social benefits of a college education.
Northeastern has had awards from the Daniels Fund program in the past, most recently in 2010 when the college received $47,000 in funding. Since 2004, the Daniels Fund has distributed over $12 million in Boundless Opportunity Scholarship funding to more than 4,000 scholarships. The name of this program was inspired by a quote from Daniels Fund founder Bill Daniels when he said, “America remains the greatest nation on earth, where boundless opportunities still exist for each and every one of us.”
Students who meet the criteria identified above and who are interested in applying for a Daniel’s scholarship should go to the Hays Student Center, Room 132 and ask for an application. Applications will be due September 10, 2014, however, according to Cindy Carey, director of counseling who is overseeing these awards, Northeastern will accept them before then and will use the date submitted as part of the criteria evaluated when awarding these scholarships to qualifying applicants on a first come, first serve basis. This means those students who are interested need to fill out the application and hand it in as soon as possible. Interviews for qualifying finalists will take place after September 10th with funds being disbursed shortly after this date. Again, this is an award that will apply to Fall Semester 2014.