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Grant program gives more students option of college

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In what will surely boost efforts to help financially-challenged students attending Sussex County Community College (SCCC), the College was recently awarded The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program by the NJ State EOF Board of Trustees. This program will allow many students who fall under a certain threshold for income to attend college with much needed assistance and support services.

The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund provides financial assistance and support services (e.g. counseling, tutoring, and developmental course work) to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend institutions of higher education in the State of New Jersey. Undergraduate grants range from $200 annually to $2,500 annually depending on the type of institution and financial need. These grants are renewable based upon continued eligibility.

“We are very excited to be a part of the NJ EOF Program,” said Diane Pienta-Lett, Director of Financial Aid at SCCC. “Access to this program will allow SCCC to recruit and enroll a highly motivated and ethnically diverse student body who would otherwise face significant challenges to obtaining a college degree.  Qualified Sussex County students will have access to extensive support services in the areas of academic and personal counseling as well as additional financial support.  We look forward to selecting our first incoming class of approximately 50 students in the upcoming months.”

Forty-one of New Jersey’s community colleges and public and private four-year colleges and universities participate in the EOF program. However, the actual number of available spaces at each college or university is limited. Because EOF is a campus-based program, each campus is responsible for student recruitment, selection, program services, and its own specific criteria for EOF admission and program participation.

Undergraduate Eligibility includes:

  1. Must demonstrate an educationally and economically disadvantaged background
  2. Must be a New Jersey resident 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the award
  3. Must apply and be accepted to a participating New Jersey college or university
  4. Must meet the academic criteria as set by the institution of choice
  5. Must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  6. Gross Income must fall within a targeted criteria.

For more information about this program, to see if you qualify and how best to apply, contact Ann Bruno at 973.300.2347 or email abruno@sussex.edu.

SCCC-FDU Scholars Program offers steep tuition discounts

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Current and future graduates of Sussex County Community College (SCCC) looking to continue their educational pursuits are now eligible to receive a steep tuition discount from Fairleigh Dickinson University under an agreement by the two colleges.

The SCCC-FDU Scholars Program can save eligible students, seeking a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 40 percent reduction in tuition at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan or Florham Campuses.

For a student to be eligible, they must have a 2.0 G.P.A. and receive their associate degree from Sussex County Community College. It is then that the SCCC-FDU Scholar is given a minimum 40 percent reduction in tuition at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Additional financial incentives are also available to those who qualify for any or all of the below:

  • Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society membership
  • SCCC cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Residential housing grant
  • NJ Stars II participant

SCCC and FDU’s goal for the program is to ensure that students have a seamless transition and optimize the potential savings that are available through this program, and other scholarship opportunities at FDU. New, incoming students must sign a letter of intent to enroll at FDU before they reach 30 credits.

To discuss the SCCC-FDU Scholars program, please contact Anthony Mastropietro, Director, Community College Partnership Fairleigh Dickinson University at mastro@fdu.edu or call 201-692-7310

Free FAFSA Workshops also open to community

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Figuring out how to navigate the college financial aid process can be overwhelming. Students and parents can find direction and ease the burden of this intimidating process.

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be assisting college-bound students and their parents to fill out the FAFSA forms with scheduled workshops. These hour-long workshops, which are free and open to the public, will guide the participant through the many steps needed to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application).

The workshops are held on the SCCC campus every Wednesday from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Administration Building, room B316 and every Friday from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. in the Administration Building Room B305.  Scheduled workshops will continue through August. Students and their parents are encouraged to attend. Please arrive promptly to allow sufficient time to complete the forms.

Participants should bring the following documentation to aid in assistance; 2015 federal tax returns, W-2 forms, 1098-G forms for unemployment, bank statements, social security cards/Alien Registration cards, and any other income documentation for the 2015 year.

No appointment is necessary, first-come, first-served basis.  Workshops are open to anyone student or parent interested in attending, regardless of college destination.  For more information contact the SCCC Financial Aid Dept at 973.300.2225 or visit sussex.edu/financialaid.

SCCC Scholarship Applications Available for Fall 2016 Semester

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is offering over 100 scholarships that are available to both current students and incoming students. These scholarships range from $250 to $2,000 for the upcoming Fall 2016 semester.  These scholarships are available through the SCCC Foundation.

Applications are available online at sussex.edu/scholarships and in SCCC’s Student Advisement Center. To apply for a scholarship, students must complete a scholarship application packet in addition to submitting a personal essay. Students are also required to provide a letter of recommendation in support of their candidacy. For new students, an application to the College must be completed.

The completed application packet should be returned to the Student Advisement Center in the Administration Building, Room B206 by Tuesday, March 8th before 6:30 p.m.  For more information contact Al Buechler, Scholarship Chairman, at 973-300-2207.

For a full listing of degrees and certificates offered at Sussex County Community College, visit sussex.edu/academics.

Enrollment opens for Winterim/Spring Semester

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Current, transfer, and prospective students love the winterim semester at Sussex County Community College! And no better time than to start thinking about how to get ahead of the college “curve” than now.

Lighten the load of a busy semester or take advantage of learning while home for winter break from a four-year institution. With a range of classes, this two and a half week semester, which runs from Jan. 4 to Jan. 20 this year, is perfect for full and part-time students.

Registration begins on Monday, November 30 for both the winterim and spring 2016 semesters. Current, new, and transfer students are invited to register at that time.  Prospective and visiting students can apply online, or contact admissions@sussex.edu for more information.

The spring semester begins January 25 and runs through mid-May. Registration for both of these semesters continue until the start of classes, but early registration is encouraged as classes tend to fill up quickly.

For a list of course options, and the winter and spring academic calendars, please visit sussex.edu.

College counselors are available Monday through Friday to help students through the registration process. The Student Advisement Center, open at 8 a.m. daily, can be reached at 973-300-2207.

In addition to the dozens of programs already available, SCCC is proud to announce three exciting new degrees in Agricultural Business, Horticultural Science, and Illustration Option.

SCCC also offers Transfer Agreements with many four-year colleges and universities. This allows students to transition easily to their bachelor’s degree after receiving their two-year degree, as long as all requirements are met.

To get started today, apply online at sussex.edu or call the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223.

College Holds Scholarship Ceremony

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On Thursday May 7, more than 260 people gathered in the Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Center for the SCCC Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Ceremony. The annual event is one of the highlights of the year for the College and recognizes students who receive academic, non-academic and athletic scholarships for use in the spring 2015 and fall 2015 semesters. This event also acknowledges the generous donors who support the funds and the Foundation.

The SCCC Foundation is a 501(c)3, not for profit that works to build relationships with the community and solicit funding to support the College’s initiatives. Karen DiMaria, Vice President of Institutional Advancement who also acts as the Executive Director of the Foundation noted that the Foundation awards over $130,000 in scholarships to more than 200 students annually. Scholarships range from $250 book scholarships to $2,000 awards for tuition and fees with additional support for student veterans, and many of the funds are endowed. DiMaria said, “Endowed scholarships are invested so that the interest earned on them is awarded each year. After reaching $10,000, each endowed scholarship will support generations of students for years and years to come.”

Scholarships are raised by donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and also by four major special events hosted by the Foundation each year; the Ladies Saturday Retreat and Skylander Golf Outing held each spring and the Skylander 5K/10K Challenge and Annual Scholarship each fall.

For information about the many offerings at SCCC including available scholarships visit sussex.edu.

 

Scholarship Applications Available for Fall 2015 Semester

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is offering over 100 scholarships that are available to both current students and incoming students. These scholarships range from $250 to $2,000 for the upcoming Fall 2015 semester. These scholarships are available through the SCCC Foundation.

Applications are available online at sussex.edu/scholarships and in SCCC’s Counseling and Advising Center. To apply for a scholarship, students must complete a scholarship application packet in addition to submitting a personal essay. Students are also required to provide a letter of recommendation in support of their candidacy.

The completed application packet should be returned to the Counseling and Advising Center in the Administration Building, Room B206 by Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Karen Unrath at 973-300-2121, or Al Buechler, Scholarship Chairman, at 973-300-2207.

Scholarship Submission Deadline for Fall 2014

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SCCC scholarship submission deadline for Fall 2014 term is Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Students applying for SCCC scholarships must have their applications received by the Counseling & Advising Office by 6:30 p.m. on March 11, 2014. Over 90 scholarships are available, some of which have multiple awards, which means the Scholarship Committee will be awarding scholarships to well over 100 students. These scholarships range from $200 to $2,000. Students are encouraged to apply. The application can be found on-line and can be accessed by going to: http://sussex.edu/alumniandfoundation/scholarships/

Scholarship Applications For Spring Semester

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SCCC Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications For Spring Semester

The Foundation at Sussex County Community College is currently accepting scholarship applications. The Foundation awards scholarships twice a year – for the fall and for the spring semesters. Over $50,000 in scholarships are planned to be awarded this year and include general support, scholarships in the Liberal Arts, Business, Math, Engineering, Science, Technology, and Nursing.

Scholarships help ease the burden in these challenging economic times and make education a reality for many of SCCC students. The Foundation believes an investment in education pays high dividends for our community and appreciates the generosity of all scholarship donors.

All 2014 Spring Semester Scholarship Applications are due on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the SCCC Counseling and Advising Center. Application forms can be found at: http://sussex.edu/alumniandfoundation/scholarships. Students needing assistance should stop by the Counseling and Advising Center in the Administration Bldg. (Bldg. B) Room B206 or telephone Kathi Gallichio, at 973-300-2245.

For information on admissions contact the SCCC admissions department by phone at (973) 300-2223 or by e-mail at: admissions@sussex.edu.

Scholarship Applications Available for Fall 2013 Semester

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More than 100 scholarships are available to Sussex County Community College (SCCC) students and incoming students ranging from $250 to $2,000 for the Fall 2013 semester. Those scholarships include general support, scholarships in the Liberal Arts, Business, Math, Engineering, Science, Technology, and Nursing. These scholarships are available through the Foundation for SCCC.

Beginning February 5th, applications are available online at: http://sussex.edu/alumniandfoundation/scholarships/

To apply for a scholarship, students must complete a scholarship application in addition to submitting a personal essay. Students are also required to provide a letter of recommendation in support of their candidacy. Please note that the scholarships are only for use during the Fall 2013 semester at SCCC.

Students should return their completed application to the Counseling and Advising Center, Administration Building, Room B206 by Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 p.m. For questions, please call the Scholarship Chairman, at 973-300-2207.