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Apply now: Up to $5k in SWIC scholarships available for 2016-2017

Located at 2500 Carlyle Avenue in Belleville, Southwestern Illinois College can be reached at 235-2700 or visit www.swic.edu for more information.
Located at 2500 Carlyle Avenue in Belleville, Southwestern Illinois College can be reached at 235-2700 or visit www.swic.edu for more information.

Whether you are a new student, a current student or a student graduating in the spring or summer with plans to transfer, now’s the time to apply for scholarships to help you pay for college starting fall 2016.

One application gains you access to more than 250 scholarships awarded by the SWIC Foundation. Scholarship awards cover Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.

Individuals should submit applications before Tuesday, March 1 for the best selection opportunities. Applications must be completed online at SWIC website. Individuals are considered for all eligible scholarships based on information provided in the application.

“Scholarships awarded by the SWIC Foundation are funded by businesses, individuals and organizations in the region who want to help our students succeed,” notes Foundation Associate Director Rena Thoele. “The support of these donors makes a true impact upon our students’ ability to reach their educational goals. We hear that time and again from our recipients.”

Scholarships and book awards – ranging from $100 to $5,000 – are available to meet the diverse interests and attributes of SWIC students. Some scholarships are based on academic areas of study, geographic area or sports participation, while others are designated specifically for returning adults, SWIC graduates transferring to a four-year college or university, or those meeting a variety of other criteria. Whether you are a full-time student enrolled in 12 semester hours, or attending part-time with six semester hours, there are scholarships to meet your needs.

With a few exceptions, scholarship applicants must reside within Community College District No. 522. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is necessary to apply, with some scholarships requiring a higher GPA.

The Foundation is the fund-raising arm of the college. It assists the entire college community by securing financial support for scholarships, special educational activities and cultural endeavors.

For more information, contact the Foundation office at 866-942-SWIC (7942) or 618-235-2700, ext. 5518; email scholarships@swic.edu; or visit swic.edu/foundation.

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