By Anna Meurer
Future Georgetown College students will have another opportunity for financial aid as the college announced the addition of a new grant for Scott County residents. The scholarship, amounting to $2,000 a year and renewable for four years, will be available starting with the incoming class of freshmen (2014).
The grant is relatively unique in that students do not need to apply; any eligible student will be automatically awarded the grant upon their acceptance. Additionally, the scholarship is able to be stacked with any merit or talent scholarships.
In the college’s press release, Dr. Greene said, “We are hopeful that this additional funding will assist Scott County students toward pursuing the superb education available right here at home.”
The incentive was well-received by administrators in the county. According to the school district’s Jan. 14, 2014 board meeting summary, posted on its website, the new grant was announced by Georgetown College Admissions Counselor Madison Osborne, after which, “Superintendent Patricia Putty expressed appreciation for this incredible partnership to Ms. Osborne and Dr. Greene, Georgetown College President.”
Asked whether the grant was part of a larger local recruiting push or a solitary enterprise, President Greene remarked, “We continue to work hard on recruiting students from the surrounding area, but this particular initiative is for Scott County students only.”
In terms of the grant’s expected effect, there is evidence that a sufficiently-sized population exists that is eligible.
According to Leslie Sidebottom from the Admissions office, though Scott County residents comprised only 4% of the applications last year (86 of 2,188), they make up roughly 7% of the current Georgetown student population, with 72 Scott County residents enrolled for the 2013-2014 year.
More information can be obtained by contacting the Admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-863-8009.