Nearly $200,000 in scholarships to attend Cochise College in the fall is up for grabs, and almost $20,000 is available only to Douglas High School graduates, seniors graduating this year, or students attending the Douglas Campus. Cochise College tuition and mandatory fees will total $1,318 for the 2009-2010 academic year, with additional costs for books or program fees.
• The Spikes Scholarship will award $1,000 each to four Douglas High School students graduating this year and attending the Douglas Campus in the fall. The scholarship is renewable.
• The Clara V. Ellis Memorial Scholarship will award $1,000 each to four Douglas High School seniors graduating in the top 10 percent of their class.
• The Women’s and Children’s Hope Foundation Douglas High School Scholarship will award $1,500 each to a graduating senior attending Cochise College full time.
• The J. Douglas and Lillie S. Wright Scholarship will award $500 to 10 students attending Cochise College full time and who graduated from Douglas High School in any year.
• The Don and Virginia Butterfield Scholarship will award $1,000 to a Douglas High School graduate attending Cochise College full time. A $1,000 scholarship also is available to a Douglas High School and Cochise College graduate transferring to a university.
• The Mildred and Herbert J. Lewis Scholarship will award $800 annually to a Douglas High School graduate who is enrolled full time at Cochise College and taking at least one music course.
• The Helen Mulholland Memorial Scholarship will award $500 each to six students pursuing science degrees or careers in secondary science or math education. Students must be taking the majority of their classes at the Douglas Campus.
• The Carol Hopkins Scholarship will award $400 to a Douglas High School graduating senior enrolling in a science-related course of study.
Students also may qualify for thousands of dollars in other scholarships with more general qualification criteria. For example, some scholarships go to students enrolled in particular areas of study. Others are specifically designated for part-time students. Some require applicants to demonstrate financial need, and others require a minimum level of academic achievement.
“Applicants won’t necessarily know what they qualify for until they complete the application process,” said Denise Merkel, executive director of the Cochise College Foundation. “It’s in the best interest of anyone planning to attend Cochise College to apply because they may surprise themselves and qualify for multiple scholarships.”
Students who wish to apply for scholarships can do so online by visiting the Cochise College website – www.cochise.edu – and clicking “Scholarships” on the right side of the page. There, they can access a new online system that matches applicants with the scholarships for which they qualify based on responses to a series of questions. The website includes step-by-step instructions for logging in, obtaining and submitting recommendation letters, and completing a questionnaire. Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 13.
For more information, contact the Cochise College Foundation at (520) 417-4100 or the Cochise College Financial Aid Office at (520) 417-4045.
Funds available for Cochise, other schools
Scholarships of up to $1,000 per year are available through the Fry Foundation to students attending Cochise College or another college or university. The deadline to apply is May 1.
To qualify, applicants must complete the Erwin Fry Foundation Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available in the Cochise College Financial Aid Office and on the “Forms” page of the Financial Aid Office website at www.cochise.edu.
Qualified applicants must be legal residents of Cochise County for at least one year, be enrolled full time at a college or university, and have a 2.0 grade point average.
Recipients will be selected based on financial need, as determined by the transfer institution, and notified by Aug. 28. Applications received after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list and will be processed if funds are still available.
For more information or to apply, contact the Cochise College Financial Aid Office at (520) 417-4045.