ASC announces new merit scholarships

(04-15-2011)

Adams State College will soon award new merit scholarships valued between $500 and $1,500 to continuing and transfer students, according to Dr. Michael Mumper, senior vice president of Enrollment Management and Program Development.

The awards will automatically be awarded to students who have earned a cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the spring semester of at least 3.25. No application is necessary; but to be eligible, students must be full-time undergraduate students attending the Alamosa campus. Mumper estimates about 410 students will be eligible for the inaugural awards.

Students holding a GPA above 3.9 will receive President's Scholarship awards of $1,500; those with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.89 will receive Vice President's Scholarship awards of $1,000; and those with a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49 will receive $500 Chairs' Scholarships. The awards will be divided between the fall and spring semesters next year. Transfer students with at least 24 credits will be evaluated on the same standard as continuing students.

Reward & incentive

"This new scholarship program does so much more than just provide financial support," said Daleth McCoy, a sophomore psychology major from Windsor, Colo. "It's a motivator, a small, powerful thought that can make a difference on late nights studying for an exam. And most important, it tells me that Adams State College cares about our dedication and effort."

Graduating music major Daniel Kenealy concurs: "I feel that this new aid will be tremendously helpful to students that are currently in high academic standing and will serve as a great incentive for all students to strive for academic excellence in their coursework."

Junior sports administration major Jared Polster, from Littleton, Colo, said: "I think that these new scholarships are a great way to not only encourage people to try harder in school, but also to reward those who have been working hard.

Both McCoy and Kenealy were named to the President's Honor Roll for earning a 4.0 GPA during the fall and spring semesters of 2010. Polster also made the President's Honor Roll in fall 2010, and the Vice President's Honor Roll in spring 2010.

By Julie Waechter