More Scholarship Money on the Way for Many Midlands Technical College Students
Jun 28, 2019
Starting this fall semester, many Midlands Technical College (MTC) students will be eligible for additional scholarship funding, making MTC even more affordable. The new scholarship program called the SC Workforce and Industrial Needs Scholarship (SC WINS), is a S.C. Technical College System scholarship program aimed at filling workforce shortages in the state. New students and continuing students planning to attend this upcoming fall semester can take advantage of this additional funding.
“This new funding will help students as well as employers needing a talented workforce. It fits perfectly with MTC’s mission,” said MTC President Ronald L. Rhames. “SC WINS will help area businesses find the technically trained workforce they need to operate and grow, while making it easier for students who want to study for these great-paying career fields to afford college.”
SC WINS recipients will receive up to $600 total per semester for tuition. There is also a book allowance of up to $300 per year if a student is enrolled in at least one course in a “critical workforce area.”
To qualify, MTC students must be enrolled in a critical workforce area program as defined by the South Carolina Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. At MTC, those include 85 certificate and degree programs in areas like healthcare, advanced manufacturing, engineering technology, industrial technology, and information technology.
The SC WINS funding is also available for area high school students enrolled in dual enrollment courses.
“Each year, hundreds of dedicated high school students take courses in their high schools that give them college credit at MTC. Some of these students are currently enrolled in high school courses that will lead straight into one of the many MTC programs that this scholarship covers.”
All students, regardless of program, can also qualify for the scholarship if they receive Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA) funding and meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-priced meals.
With federal aid, scholarships, and private support from businesses and individuals, students can be confident that attending Midlands Technical College can be affordable.
“Helping students be able to afford college while keeping them focused on a career that is in demand is exactly how we can address the shortage of skilled workers in our state,” Rhames said.