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Scholarships available to Alcorn students for the fall 2020 semester

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Several scholarships are available for Alcorn State University students looking for financial assistance as they pursue their degrees.

Mississippi community college graduates, along with first, second and third-generation Alcorn students, may be eligible for scholarships offered by the university to help pay for college.

“Students should be excited about the opportunity to receive these scholarships because they not only assist in the financing of their educations but also allows freedom of choice and time to focus on studies,” said Dr. Tracy Cook, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

Available fall 2020 scholarships include the Community College Pathway I Scholarship awarded to students who have graduated from a Mississippi community college with a GPA of 3.25-3.49. Licensed practical nurses and registered nurses who are accepted to the School of Nursing’s associate or bachelor’s degree programs are eligible to receive this scholarship. The scholarship is renewable each year, expanding to four semesters if the student maintains a 3.0 or above GPA. The scholarship covers $5,000 per year.

The Community College Pathway II Scholarship is awarded to students who graduated from a Mississippi college with a 3.00-3.24 GPA. LPN and RN students also qualify for this award. The scholarship is renewable each year if the student maintains a 3.0 or better GPA. The scholarship covers $3,000 per year.

The 2020 Legacy Scholarship includes the First, Second and Third Generation Scholarships. The First Generation Scholarship is awarded to first-year students whose parents are Alcorn alumni. If one of the student’s parents is a graduate, the one-time scholarship amount is $500. If both parents graduated from the university, the one-time scholarship amount is $750.

The Second Generation Scholarship is awarded to first-year students whose parents and grandparents are Alcorn graduates. If the student has one parent and one grandparent who are alumni, the one-time scholarship is $1,000. If both parents and grandparents are alumni, the one-time award is $1,250.

The Third Generation Scholarship is awarded to first-year students whose parents, grandparents and great-grandparents are Alcorn graduates. If one parent, grandparent and great-grandparent are alumni, the one-time scholarship amount is $1,500. If both parents, grandparents and great-grandparents are alumni, the one-time scholarship amount is $1,750.

The ASU Foundation, Inc. also has scholarships available. The ASU Foundation Phase II Gap Scholarship Assistance Applications are available from Friday, Aug. 14, until Friday, Aug. 21. Perspective recipients can click here to apply and learn more about the scholarships.

Alcorn’s Army ROTC also offers scholarships to freshmen and sophomores in the program. The Army ROTC Scholarship offers students significant funds to assist with books and room and board. A $420 stipend is also included only during the fall and spring semesters. To qualify, students must have a 2.5 GPA or better. Students also must be a U.S. citizen, between the ages of 17 and 26, physically fit, medically qualified, and agree to accept an officer commission and serve in the Army.

Greg Trotnic, an Army ROTC recruiter for Alcorn spoke highly of the program and its commitment to rewarding students for their academic achievements.

“Army ROTC has always been one of America’s leading sources of scholarships, making awards for thousands of the highest caliber students each year,” Trotnic said. “The ROTC scholarship program provides an experience that builds successful careers. Students will receive personal, scholastic, and leadership training that no other program offers.”

To apply for a Community College Pathway Scholarship, complete an application on the Admissions website. An application is also available to apply for a 2020 Legacy Scholarship.

For more scholarship information, call the Office of Admissions at 601-877-6374 or Greg Trotnic at 601-877-6443.

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