Cisco College Offers Scholarships

All high school grads from 22 area schools receive scholarship

As the cost of living continues to escalate, Cisco College hopes to offer some relief to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a college education.

The college will award Achievement Scholarships to all graduating high school seniors from 22 area high schools that can be applied toward their tuition at the college beginning as early as June. The total scholarship award will be spread out over four long semesters and four summer terms, providing the student initially enrolls in the college directly out of high school, enrolls in at least six credit hours during the long terms and maintains a 2.0 overall grade point average.

“Scholarship certificates were delivered to the high schools this week and should be in the hands of eligible high school seniors before the end of the school year” said Dr. Jerry Dodson, vice president of student services. “We understand that costs for everyday items are rising, but we hope that this program will help students and their parents realize that an education is still attainable.”

The purpose of the scholarship is to reward area high school students for graduating and to give them an incentive to begin post-secondary education. This is the third year of the program. Since the beginning of the program, more than 550 scholarships have been awarded to area high school graduates.

Studies indicate that almost 60 percent of today’s jobs require more advanced training than secondary schools can provide. The study, Crossing the Great Divide, suggests that fundamental changes in the structure of the economy and the workforce put a much higher premium on academic achievement. In 1959 only 20 percent of workers needed at least some college for their jobs. In 2000, the number had risen to 56 percent.

The Achievement Scholarship broadens a program that already provides scholarships to graduates of Cisco and Eastland high schools. Students from the following schools are eligible:  Abilene Christian Schools, Abilene High, Albany, Baird, Breckenridge, Clyde, Coleman, Cooper, Cross Plains, Eula, Excel, Gorman, Jim Ned, Merkel, Moran, Novice, Panther Creek, Premier, Rising Star, Santa Anna, Trent and Wylie.