Scholarship money available

Published 9:50 pm Thursday, April 9, 2009

A recent column described scholarships available for Fall Semester 2009 at Paul D. Camp Community College that are earmarked for graduating high school students. Today’s column features a sample of fall 2009 general scholarships, which are geared to all students meeting the criteria for eligibility.

American Association of University Women, Suffolk Branch

Persons enrolling in a degree program after having been out of school or college for at least two years are eligible for this $750 scholarship. Other criteria include two letters of reference, a short essay explaining why you consider attending PDCCC to be a “second chance” at education and why this award would be financially beneficial to the applicant; Suffolk residency; and prospective, current or former PDCCC student.

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Kiwanis Club of Suffolk Scholarship

Criteria for this $500 scholarship include 3.0 GPA or higher; Suffolk residency; and prospective, current, or former PDCCC student.

RE/MAX Career Grant

Established and funded by RE/MAX AcrossTown, Inc., in Suffolk, this scholarship fund provides two annual $500 Career Preparation Grants for Suffolk students. Criteria include interest in career/job preparation; Suffolk residency; enrollment in at least 6 semester hours of an Associate or Applied Science degree or certificate program at PDCCC.

Suffolk Ruritan Mona Eby Driver Memorial Nursing Scholarship

One scholarship, up to $3,600 per associate’s degree Registered Nurse class, is given to cover tuition for five semesters, contingent on maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA (full tuition for first two semesters and half tuition for remaining three semesters). Selection criteria include service area residency, preferably Suffolk; acceptance into the RN program at PDCCC; financial need; plan to work in service area upon graduation; three recommendation letters, referencing character and community work; and essay explaining why applicant merits the scholarship, including financial need.

Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students

This $750 nursing scholarship (awarded both fall and spring semesters) was established in memory of Bertella C. Westbrook, RN. Selection criteria include a letter of acceptance into the RN Program at PDCCC, residency in the college’s service area, three recommendation letters (referencing character, potential for leadership in school activities, community work, financial need), and a short essay on choosing the nursing profession.

For information on other scholarships, call 569-6700, or visit our website at

The application deadline for fall semester general scholarships is June 26. For details on establishing a scholarship, call 569-6791.