New scholarship aims at rewarding adult students for degree completion

Posted: Monday, 06 May 2013

TROY – In an effort to make college more affordable and to encourage students to complete their academic programs quickly, Troy University is making 500 new scholarships available to new students.

Under the program, qualified students – 400 seeking bachelor's degrees and 100 seeking graduate degrees – will receive a refund of the application fee and credits for tuition valued at approximately $3,000.

"The University is trying to help students stretch their money to make a college degree more affordable," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of Global Campus. "The scholarship will help our adult students to stay on track with their programs once they've begun."

To be eligible, all students must enroll at either a Global Campus site, Dothan, Montgomery, Phenix City campus or online through eTROY between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013 and not receive any other University-funded scholarship during their time of attendance.

Incoming students may apply for scholarship online at www.troy.edu. Priority for awards will be based on the date application packages are completed and will be announced in August 2013. Recipients will be issued certificates indicating their awards and application fee refunds.

Additionally, for those seeking a bachelor's degree, students must be unconditionally admitted and have a 2.5 high school grade point average, or, for transfer students, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or a GED score of at least 550. Bachelor's degree students must successfully complete 18 semester credits per year, and complete their degree program no longer than five years from start. They must complete a minimum of 48 hours at TROY.

Those seeking graduate degrees must be unconditionally admitted to a graduate degree program, successfully complete 15 semester credits per year and complete their degree in two years.

Tuition for the final nine hours of the bachelor's degree, or the final six hours of the graduate degree, will be covered by the University upon verification of eligibility by providing an official academic evaluation to the scholarship coordinator. This process must be completed prior to registration for the final credit hours.

Students seeking associate degrees or certificates are not eligible.

"This is a way to reward successful adult students who work hard and stay on track to complete their degree programs, as well as an opportunity to fill a void for financial assistance to those students who otherwise have no scholarship opportunities," said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

"We want to reward hard work and dedication to degree completion," he said.

For more information regarding applying to TROY, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-414-5756, or visit online at www.troy.edu.

Access the form at: https://forms.troy.edu/forms/scholarship/admissions/horizonscholarship.html.