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December 7, 2009

WIRED grant to provide scholarship money for Calhoun students

Students who intend to attend Calhoun Community College this spring and pursue degrees in certain fields of science, technology, engineering or math should know about the $46,859 grant available to help them.

The school has received a grant from the Tennessee Valley Region’s Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development or WIRED.

The scholarship money will support those seeking associate degrees in science, technology engineering and math fields including, but not limited to, biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology and advanced manufacturing.

The scholarships must be used for spring semester of 2010.

The WIRED grant was originally awarded in January 2007 by the Labor Department.

The WIRED initiative supports a 23-county region in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee and promotes education, workforce development and economic development. During the last two years, the grant has provided $900,000 in direct scholarship money as well as support for a number of innovative projects and programs.

Students selected for the scholarships must meet the following criteria:

• Must be U.S. citizen or have permanent status.

• Must complete the participant form required by the Labor Department.

• Must designate one of the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines as the major program of study

• Must be enrolled full time and maintain full-time status throughout the semester during which the scholarship is awarded. (12 hours or more. Non-credit students must be enrolled at the equivalent of full-time status to receive a scholarship (35 hours per week of contact time)

• Scholarships may be full or partial scholarships and may be used for tuition, fees and books.

• Students receiving college credit must have a minimum 3.00 grade-point average from high school or a 2.75 GPA for existing college coursework.

For more information, call the Calhoun scholarship office at (256) 306-2579.

Registration for Calhoun’s spring semester is currently under way, so apply as soon as possible.

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