New Scholarships to Assist Community College Transfer Students

Students transferring to Texas Tech from a community college are eligible for scholarships funded by Greater Texas Foundation.

Written by Paul Ruiz

Scholarships will assist community college students in making the transition to Texas Tech.

Scholarships will assist community college students in making the transition to Texas Tech.

Texas Tech’s Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center (CCAAC) announces the availability of $25,000 in scholarships for community college students seeking to transfer to the university.

Funded by the Greater Texas Foundation, 25 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to community college transfer students by the CCAAC. To be eligible for the Greater Texas Foundation Rising to the Challenge Scholarship Program, a student must be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a degree-seeking program at a U.S.-accredited, two-year community college; must have completed at least 12 undergraduate credit hours; must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5; must demonstrate financial need; and must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.

“The mission of the Greater Texas Foundation is to ensure that all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in and complete post-secondary education,” said Jobi Martinez, director of the CCAAC.

“While community colleges play an important role in the post-secondary educational environment, students often find it difficult to make the transition from a community college setting to a four-year institution of higher education, such as Texas Tech. It is our hope that these scholarships will help deserving community college transfer students makes a successful transition.”

The CCAAC is a unit within the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement that connects students, faculty and staff to programs and resources across the university to promote access, respect, inclusiveness and community.

Scholarship application materials are available on the center’s website, or can be obtained by calling (806) 742-8681, ext. 274. In addition to the completed form, applicants must provide a current official transcript, a one-page personal statement, a resume and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a professor or instructor at the community college where the applicant is enrolled. The priority deadline for completed forms is Aug. 1, and the final deadline is at 5 p.m. on Aug. 15.