HARRISBURG, Pa. – The struggle to make ends meet while juggling classes and family responsibilities is a universal day-to-day reality for the HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, students who are single parents, veterans, older students who have lost their jobs, first-generation college students and students from lower-income families.
As U.S. President Barack Obama recently noted in the State of the Union Address, by the end of this decade, two of three jobs in this country will require post-secondary education and training. HACC is that opportunity for students, and thanks to the HACC Foundation, HACC has a solution to assist students and parents with financial concerns.
For the first time in the College’s 51-year history, HACC is providing six full-ride scholarships. HACC will fund two years of six individuals’ education – enough to complete an associate degree.
One full-ride scholarship is available for each of the five campuses and Virtual Learning. The scholarship covers tuition, books and fees for a full academic year. The scholarship will automatically renew each term for up to six consecutive terms if the student maintains eligibility. For additional eligibility requirements, please visit hacc.edu/FullRide.Once the student applies to HACC and receives a HACC ID and email address, he or she may apply for the full-ride scholarship. The full-ride scholarship applications are due April 30, 2015.
Individuals like Winfred Fox of Lancaster, and now a graduate of HACC, can reach their goals sooner with the support of a full-ride scholarship. Fox worked for the last six years to put herself through HACC – first to earn her certification as licensed practical nurse and, in December 2014, to graduate with an associate degree in nursing. Affordability played a role in her decision, with finances her biggest challenge to attending college.
While the student does not have to register for classes before applying for the scholarship, registration for summer and fall 2015 classes opened April 13, 2015 for future students. To register for summer and fall 2015 classes, please visit hacc.edu/RegisterNow or call 800-ABC-HACC with questions.
HACC also offers approximately 250 other scholarships through the HACC Foundation. The next scholarship cycle begins in August 2015.
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, offers more than 150 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to nearly 20,000 students at campuses in Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York and through online classes. In addition, HACC serves more than 29,000 students in noncredit workforce development, public safety, adult basic education and continuing education programs offered at all campuses and off-site locations in many communities in Central Pennsylvania. For more information on how HACC is uniquely YOURS, visit hacc.edu.
About the HACC Foundation
The HACC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1985 to raise funds for HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. In fiscal year 2013-14 alone, the HACC Foundation contributed close to $2.2 million to the College in support of scholarships for 1,345 students, innovative academic programs, state-of-the-art training equipment and modernized facilities.
Donors to the HACC Foundation include individuals, community organizations and corporations. In fiscal year 2013-14, more than 1,300 donors contributed more than $1.8 million to the HACC Foundation.
The HACC Foundation is gratefully YOURS. For more information, please visit hacc.edu/HACCFoundation/.