According to the student loan debt clock, the amount of student loan debt in the United States is at $1.5 trillion at the time this article was written, and is rising every second. Student loan debt exceeded the total amount of credit card debt in June of 2010 and hit the $1 trillion milestone in late 2011. Closer to home, the average student loan debt in Georgia in 2015 was $26,518 according to the Institute for College Access and Success. In 2014, seven in 10 seniors who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges had student loan debt.
So how does a graduating high school senior avoid becoming part of these numbers? Apply for the Correll Scholars Program at East Georgia State College!
Established in 2014, The Correll Scholars Program began in the Fall of 2015 to recognize and prepare exceptionally promising students as future community leaders in our region. The scholarship awards $5,000 per student, renewable annually, for a maximum of four years. Twenty scholarships are awarded each year to students attending EGSC’s Swainsboro campus. As EGSC’s tuition, housing, meal plan and fee costs are in the realm of $5,692, it is possible to attend EGSC-Swainsboro, earn your degree as a Correll Scholar and graduate with virtually no student debt!
To apply for the Correll Scholars Program, there is no minimum high school GPA or test score requirement. The primary focus of the program is leadership and service. The application process is designed to identify students who demonstrate the talent, motivation and potential to transform themselves and their community. Applying students must complete a 1,000-word essay on the topic “How will you use your education to transform your community?” and also go through an interview process.
Students chosen for the program must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, complete at least 26 credit hours in their freshman year to maintain eligibility for sophomore year, and participate in a one-hour credit course each semester that focuses on issues and challenges facing our region and work collaboratively to design solutions for those challenges. Students will also actively participate in tutoring and mentoring local school students at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center, which contributes to students earning the Service Seal of Distinction.
Students who will enter EGSC during the summer semester are eligible to apply for this scholarship, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
To apply for the Correll Scholars Program, visit www.ega.edu/scholarships and fill out the online application. For more information, contact Karen Jones at 478-289-2012 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested students can also visit www.ega.edu/correll. Don’t delay—applications are due by April 1.