P O W E L L, W y o. - Northwest College is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to thanking Park County residents for their ongoing support. NWC's new Trapper Scholarship Program features the Park County Promise Scholarship as a show of appreciation to residents of its tax district and as a promise to the area's future college students.
"One of the things that impressed me most when I came here," Paul Prestwich, NWC's new president, said, "was how much the people of Park County support Northwest College. I want us to give back to Park County, to show how much we appreciate that support. This scholarship is one way to do that and at the same time to hold out a pledge to students in Park County that Northwest College will do all it can to help them afford a college education."
The Park County Promise is the flagship of Northwest's new Trapper Scholarship Program. It's available to high school, GED and home-school students living in Park County who graduate with their class and enroll full time at NWC the fall semester after graduating. The amount of the scholarship varies according to the student's grade point average or other qualifying criteria (GED score or ACT score for home-school students). For eligible students, the Park County Promise combined with the Hathaway Scholarship can add up to $2,600-$4,700 per year for full-time students.
The Park County Promise is a double dose of good news because the amount is guaranteed for a second year if continuing eligibility requirements are maintained. Students who receive athletic scholarships are not eligible for the Park County Promise.
This new program allows students, while they're in high school, to determine the minimum amount of scholarship dollars they can expect to receive at Northwest. On top of the Park County Promise, students can also apply for additional academic and activity-talent scholarships at NWC's Dec. 1 Scholarship Day.
In addition, a new NWC MASTER Scholar Scholarship Program is available to students majoring in agroecology, biology, chemistry, drafting technology, engineering, mathematics, natural resource biology, occupational safety and health, or physics. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the NWC MASTER Scholar Scholarship Program provides financial, academic and personal support to a cohort of students majoring in specific sciences.
Because funds for the Park County Promise scholarships are finite, they will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until exhausted. The college encourages prospective students to apply as early as possible and no later than April 2, 2009.