Real Opportunity: MTC has more than $100K in scholarships available for new and continuing students
Providing access to high-quality, affordable education is a key priority for Midlands Technical College. This passion is reflected in the more than 100 scholarship opportunities that are available for new and continuing students.
“Many of our students are the first in their family to pursue a college degree, and many cannot afford the education without scholarship assistance,” said MTC President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames. “While they are working hard to become engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers, nurses, and IT professionals, we are working hard to secure gifts of scholarships and investments to help them get there.”
The scholarship application is currently open. Scholarships are available to high school seniors who plan to attend MTC this fall, to current MTC students, and to MTC students transferring to four-year colleges/universities after May 2017. To apply for a scholarship, students must complete an online application and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by April 15, 2017.
“We’ve tried to make the application process as easy as possible. All you need to do is apply once online, and we'll match you with all the MTC Foundation scholarships that you qualify for. It's that easy!” said Jack Hoekstra, CEO of the MTC Foundation.
About a year ago, MTC student Kimberly Cochran decided to return to school to improve her job skills. The James L. Hudgins Scholarship, a scholarship provided in honor of a past MTC president, is helping her do just that.
“Receiving this scholarship has been a great honor,” said Cochran, 2015-2016 scholarship recipient. “If I could speak to Dr. Hudgins myself, I would like to tell him thank you, along with all the other donors.”
“The financial burden of going to college isn’t an easy one, so I knew without any funding, my continuing school wasn’t going to be possible,” said Dwayne Nabors, 2015-2016 recipient of the D.L. Scurry Foundation Endowment.
The MTC Foundation works to secure the scholarships to match the diverse needs of the community. For example, there are program-specific scholarships, veterans scholarships, and single-parent scholarships available, just to name a few.
“Here at MTC, we are grateful for friends and neighbors who consistently and selflessly give their time, talent, and resources to support our mission to provide accessible, affordable, higher education opportunities in the Midlands. We sincerely thank those who have contributed scholarships to the future of MTC, our students, and our community; and, we ask those who can contribute to please think of us,” said Hoekstra.