Scottsdale Community College has launched a “Complete Your Dreams” initiative to help up to 100 students who did not finish their degree program return to college.
SCC will award each participating student a free, three-credit-hour class when they resume their studies at SCC next spring for an average savings of $290.
“Community colleges across the country regularly experience students withdrawing temporarily from their studies,” a spokesman noted, citing finances, mental or physical health crisis, family concerns and employment obligations as some of the main reasons for dropping out.
“The Complete Your Dreams initiative tackles this challenge head-on by helping to remove financial barriers,” the spokesman said.
To qualify for the award, the student must have been out of college for two years or less, earned a minimum of 15 credit hours without completing a degree and have a GPA of 2.0 and above.
Students will also be encouraged to register and pay for a second class for the spring 2020 semester to continue in their academic journey. Students need to apply to SCC by Dec. 6 and complete an in-person interview before the start of semester Jan. 11.
Funding for the Complete Your Dreams awards stems from personal donations made by the SCC campus community through a September 2019 giving campaign for this purpose, the SCC Advisory Board and other community members along with a $12,500 grant by the Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority.
“The faculty and staff at Scottsdale Community College know the barriers students face can be overwhelming at times,“ said Chris Haines, SCC’s interim president, adding:
“Complete Your Dreams is an innovative, grassroots effort that can positively impact a student’s educational journey. Knowing that our faculty and staff personally donated to this effort reflects their amazing generosity and commitment to our students.”
SCC offers extensive student support services, including advising and assistance with applying for financial aid.