2019 Workforce Demand Scholarship

2019 Workforce Demand Scholarship


Fremont, OH, November 16, 2018 - The Workforce Demand Scholarship is back to give 2019 high school graduates a tuition-free option to attend Terra State Community College classes as long as they are pursuing a career in a high-demand job field. Like last year, recipients will also have the opportunity to take advantage of a guaranteed work-based experience. In fall 2018, 147 students enrolled and took advantage of the Workforce Demand Scholarship. The top programs were Digital Media Technology, Business and Hospitality Management, Computer Information Systems, Electricity and Music Technology and Recording Arts. The scholarship financially assisted students from Terra State’s typical service area of Sandusky, Seneca and Ottawa Counties, as well as, bring students in from a wider area, including Michigan and Indiana.

“The Workforce Demand Scholarship is a gap scholarship,” says Kristen Lindsay, Terra State’s Interim Assistant Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services. “It brings the cost of college to a more affordable level for students. For example, at Terra State, the current cost of tuition and general fees for the fall and spring semesters is $4926. If a student receives a Pell grant in the amount of $2000, along with other scholarships totaling $1000, your scholarship is the difference in the amount and would be $1296. Books and other fees are not covered by the scholarship.”

This year, the Workforce Demand Scholarship is available to students pursuing the following degrees:

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Business Management
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Health Information Technology
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interactive Media
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Music Technology and Recording Arts
  • Power and Controls (Electricity)
  • Power Technologies (includes Automotive)
  • Robotics - Integrated Manufacturing Technology
  • Systems and Network Support
  • Welding Technology

To qualify, a student must be enrolled full time (twelve or more credit hours) for the fall and spring semesters and part-time (six or more credit hours) for the summer semester. Students who are awarded the Workforce Demand Scholarship will be provided the opportunity to participate in a work-based experience with an employer in Terra State’s service area.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Graduate from high school in May 2019
  • Complete the free Terra State application prior to April 15, 2019, at apply.terra.edu
  • Complete Terra State Workforce Demand Scholarship application prior to April 15, 2019
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to April 15, 2019
  • Enroll full-time for fall and spring consecutively over five semesters (6 credits minimum if you select to attend an optional summer semester)
  • Submit a non-refundable $50 deposit by April 15, 2019, to reserve your spot; deposit will be applied to cost of general fees once enrolled

“Recipients of the Workforce Demand Scholarship need to enroll full time at Terra State and they must attend consecutive fall and spring terms with summer enrollment remaining an option,” Lindsay points out. “Students are also required to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and achieve a course completion rate of 68%.” Recipients forfeit all benefits if they stop taking classes or drop below full-time status.

Beyond the financial assistance, recipients of the scholarship received other benefits. “These students were special invitees to many career-focused events that took place on campus, such as job fairs and professional development opportunities,” says Lindsay. One event, in particular, was a workshop presented by Callista Gould, author of The Exceptional Professional: What You Need To Know To Grow Your Career that touched on professionalism and networking. Recipients even received a copy of her book.

For more information on the Workforce Demand Scholarship, interested persons can call 419.559.2349 or email admissions@terra.edu.