Kennesaw State University has received a $1.25 million donation from The
“This program aligns with KSU’s strategic priorities in improving recruitment, retention and progression rates while at the same time increasing college access and affordability,” KSU President Sam Olens said. “Kennesaw State has enjoyed previous affiliations with The
A selection committee of scholarship administrators, graduation coaches and faculty will be formed to pick 21 first-generation students and 14 first-generation, underrepresented STEM students from a pool of eligible applicants. Students will be evaluated based on financial need, grade point average, academic major, community service and a scholarship essay. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award, which will be coupled with the HOPE Scholarship annually to cover all costs associated with tuition, fees and books. Kennesaw State’s Val Whittlesey, associate vice president for curriculum; Jennifer A. Wade-Berg, associate professor of human services; and Ruth Goldfine, interim associate dean of the University College; will lead the program.
An online application system for the program is open until March 15, 2018. Recipients will be notified of their selection on May 1, 2018.
In addition to scholarships, the
The donation is timely for Kennesaw State as there were 8,968 first-generation students – about 28 percent of the total undergraduate population – enrolled during the 2016-17 academic year. At the same time, Kennesaw State has yet to achieve critical mass among its female population in STEM fields. Female students are in the minority for three of the University’s STEM colleges.
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