Qualifying World Class Scholars who enroll at Grays Harbor College will now receive a tuition award of $2,000, an increase of $500, as approved last week by the Grays Harbor College Foundation board. This amount represents half of a year's tuition at the College currently and the increase goes into effect for Fall Quarter 2015.
"When World Class Scholars awards were first presented 16 years ago, the amount was $750," remarks College Foundation Board Chair Bob Paylor. "And that was half a year's tuition back then. We have kept up with the increasing tuition amounts over the years, thanks to the generosity of our donors."
Each year, at Grays Harbor and Pacific county high school graduation events, GHC Foundation board members award World Class Scholars medallions to all graduates who meet the qualifications for the program. These include maintaining a 3.0 grade-point average, developing a portfolio of achievements and accomplishments while in high school, and documenting volunteer community services hours. For the Class of 2015, 129 medallions were given out at 12 high schools.
Approximately 65 of those receiving medallions will enroll at GHC in the Fall.
"We like to tell students, when they sign up for the program as seventh graders, that World Class Scholars is a great insurance policy," explains GHC Foundation Executive Director Jan Jorgenson. "As high school students, they may not plan on attending GHC, but they soon realize the costs, housing, transportation and other adjustment issues of attending a four-year university far from home. If they have qualified for World Class Scholars, they can use their $2,000 scholarship and attend GHC.
"Other students do enroll out of town and need to transfer back to GHC because of many of these same reasons. Some take online GHC classes or enroll for Summer Quarter to supplement their credits at the four-year schools. All are good purposes for the World Class Scholars funding, if they have met the qualifications; they have 24 months to access the World Class Scholars award," she adds.
In addition to approving the increased amount for World Class Scholars, the GHC Foundation board elected officers for the coming year, including Paylor, who will serve his second year as president; Tim Martin, vice president; Mary Nelson, treasurer; and Lynn Green, secretary. Nelson takes over for Harold Warren, who has been the treasurer of the College Foundation for more than 25 years.