VC, VISD Foundations partner to create new dual credit student scholarship

Aug. 9, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.

Dual-credit students from the Victoria school district taking classes at Victoria College can now apply for a new scholarship to assist them in their educational goals. Dual-credit students have until Aug. 20 to apply for the scholarship, which is available beginning in the fall semester.

The VC Foundation has allocated $10,000 to match $10,000 from the VISD Education Foundation to provide financial assistance to high school students taking classes at VC.

"We're really excited about this partnership," said Amy Mundy, Victoria College Foundation executive director."We're hoping these scholarships will help students attain their educational goals a little quicker than they would have beforehand."

Mundy said the new scholarship opportunity came about when the president of the VISD Education Foundation, Kent Grier, contacted her about a partnership. Both foundations wanted to help students make college a reality for more students.

"They really wanted to reach out to some students who need funding," Mundy said. "The VC Foundation was thinking along those same lines when we had earlier allocated $5,000 for dual-credit students."

"Fifteen new dual-credit courses have been added for the 2014-15 school year. With this, we saw an immense opportunity for VISD students to earn college credits toward their certifications or degrees while still attending high school," said Kristina Martinez, executive director of the VISD Education Foundation. "In an effort to help encourage participation in these opportunities, we wanted to minimize the barriers that may discourage students from registering for any of the courses."

The scholarships can be used for any credit class and includes courses such as firefighting, process technology, instrumentation and nursing aide classes.

A VISD Dual-Credit Scholarship Review Committee, consisting of representatives from VC, VISD, the VC Foundation and the VISD Education Foundation, will review the scholarship applications and oversee the awarding process.

VC's precollege programs and recruitment staff members will be available at Victoria West and East high school registrations to help students enroll in dual-credit classes. The students can also apply for the dual credit scholarship at that time, Mundy added.

VISD counselors will also be available to discuss enrollment options with students and their parents. The district will also host parent-information sessions during the school year to provide more information to future dual-credit students.

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