Foundation offers spring scholarships

The OCCC Foundation is offering over 35 scholarships for the spring 2015 semester. By filling out a single application, students will be matched up with the scholarships they qualify for, said Jennifer Harrison, development director.

Students can then answer additional questions or essays that may be needed for certain scholarships.

Around 1,000 students apply for the scholarships each year, and although Harrison is pleased with that number, she said more students should take advantage of the opportunity.

“We really work hard to build our scholarship program to offer as many as we can to different students, to different majors, and I think every student here at OCCC will find at least one scholarship they can apply to,” Harrison said.

The intimidation of GPA can sometimes stop students from applying, but Harrison said most of the scholarships require a GPA of 2.0 or 2.5.

“It’s not just for 4.0 students. It’s for students who have a 2.0 or above to apply for some scholarships,” she said.

The deadline for scholarship applications is Feb. 20. Winners will be notified after spring break, and a luncheon will be held on April 24 to recognize the recipients.

The most popular scholarship, the Gammel Scholarship will be placed online later in the spring 2015 semester.

In their last fiscal year, the foundation raised over $160,000 for scholarships, and they want to help students become successful.

“The Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization that is here to support the college through student scholarships, programs, and other educational needs. We’re solely here to support the college and the students, but we are a separate entity. We’re a separate organization from the college,” Harrison said.

The scholarship application can be found at For more information, visit or email Harrison at

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