OCCC Foundation Scholarships enhance student experience

    (Published: 12-09-14)

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With over 30 scholarships available, Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Foundation continues to benefit, support and enhance the student experience.

Scholarship applications are currently open and available to students involved in various student clubs, such as the Black Student Association; students interested in taking a travel-enhanced course as with the Sechrist Family Endowed Scholarship; students completing particular associate degrees like that of pre-engineering; and many more.

"Many of our students could not attend college without financial aid. These scholarships keep students in school so that they can earn an associate degree and succeed in their professional careers," said Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Lealon Taylor.

In addition to alleviating the financial strain that some students may feel while attending a higher education institution, many scholarship recipients agree that they have gained so much more from their scholarships. Haden Tolbert, film production student and Alvin Druckhammer Memorial Scholarship recipient, said it was an honor to receive a scholarship and that it has helped him realize his potential.

"It means so much to me. It is an honor to have just been considered for it. This scholarship will help me in countless ways, not just financially. It has really built my confidence up. It has made me realize that people believe in me," Tolbert said.

For other students, OCCC Foundation Scholarships mean the possibility of providing a better future for their families in addition to meeting their educational goals. Brianna Jacobsen, occupational therapy student and OCCC Alumni Association Scholarship and Safari McDoulett Memorial Scholarship recipient, is a single mother of a six-year-old. Jacobsen faces many challenges but said she is motivated to provide a better future for her family. After she received a scholarship, she really felt the college wants her to succeed.

"The college I attend cares for their students and their needs. The scholarship money has been very helpful with my tuition, books, uniforms and other items that are needed for class. And it has helped me be able to afford necessities for my daughter," Jacobsen said. "If I could say anything to the people who donate to the OCCC Foundation it would be, 'Thank you so much! You definitely helped make my life a lot easier while balancing work and school. You are very much appreciated!'"

Application deadlines are Feb. 20. Scholarships vary in amount, from $150 to $1,000+, and requirements. Detailed descriptions of each scholarship can be found at occc.academicworks.com.

"We have numerous donors interested in student success who have given their hard earned money with no strings attached. We encourage all students to take advantage of this and apply," Taylor said.

The OCCC Foundation was formed in 1998 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in order to raise funds for support of our students and the college.

For more information, to apply, visit occc.academicworks.com or call the OCCC Foundation at 405.682.7591. To donate, go to www.occc.edu/foundation and click 'Donation Form.'