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Changes Made to Sandburg Presidential Scholarship Program

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Oct. 4, 2013
GALESBURG—Starting with the 2014 fall semester, students who meet specific criteria may qualify for partial or full-tuition scholarships to Carl Sandburg College through the College’s Presidential Scholarship program.

Full-tuition scholarships will be available for students with an ACT score of 27 or higher and with a grade point average of at least 3.75. Recipients must maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 each semester for renewal. Half-tuition scholarships will be available for students with an ACT score of 25 or higher with at least a 3.5 GPA. Recipients must maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.25 or higher each semester for renewal.

The award is tentatively based on a student’s sixth- and seventh-semester high school transcripts, and the final award will be contingent on the student meeting all requirements with his or her final high school transcript. To be eligible for the award, students must apply for admission to Sandburg and fill out the scholarship application and FAFSA by March 1, 2014. The full scholarship will be awarded to a maximum of 20 students on a first-come, first-served basis and will pay up to 16 credits per semester for four semesters at Sandburg as long as the student maintains the required cumulative GPA.

Previously, the Presidential Scholarship was available to the valedictorian and salutatorian from any high school in Sandburg’s community college district. The change in requirements will give prospective students a chance to aim for the requirements instead of waiting until after graduation to find out if they will receive financial assistance. The new guidelines also allow students to know if they are eligible for the scholarship during their junior year of high school, giving them more time to plan ahead when choosing a college.

“We have study abroad and honors programs that we know many high-achieving students want to experience, but we haven’t had many programs to assist these students with scholarships,” director of recruitment Dylana Carlson said. “This will benefit students in our community because we will be able to bring those students to Sandburg before they go on to a university and provide them with hands-on support.”

For more information, contact Carlson at 309.341.5230 or