ESU Announces Scholarships for First Generation College Students and Transfer Students from Specific Community Colleges

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Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on January 13, 2021, No Comments

East Stroudsburg University has announced new scholarships to support higher education opportunities for Pennsylvania residents who are either first generation or transfer college students. Karen Lucas, East Stroudsburg University’s vice president for enrollment management, announced plans for Gen One Scholarships for students who are the first in their family to attend college, and a series of Platinum/Gold/Silver Transfer Scholarships for transfer students from select regional community colleges. These new scholarship programs are effective immediately for the Fall 2021 admission.

“We know this has been an extremely difficult year for many, but particularly for students who have had to face many personal challenges that have caused them to take a closer look at their financial viability to go to college,” said Lucas. “Working with ESU’s administration, we made the decision to identify some funding to help students achieve their professional pursuits by attaining a degree.”

The Gen One Scholarship, awarded to students who are the first in their family to go to college, will enable students to attend ESU in the academic program of their choice with half of the tuition costs waived for four years as long as the applicants meet the specific scholarship requirements. For consideration, prospective students must indicate they are a first generation student on their admission application. Once admitted and having met the specific criteria, students will be invited to interview for the prestigious award.

“We know that 29.5 percent of ESU’s current enrollment are first generation college students. That’s why we want to place such an emphasis on providing these students with affordable and accessible academic opportunities.”

Lucas also shared some details about several new transfer scholarships for students at select community college partner schools. These awards are tiered (Platinum/Gold/Silver) to indicate the value of the award which ranges from $6,000 annually (Platinum) to $2,000 annually (Silver). To qualify, transfer students must be from a select school identified by ESU’s enrollment management team and will be required to meet specific scholarship requirements.

“Students interested in transferring from one of our select community college partners will automatically be considered for these awards once they apply and are admitted to ESU,” adds Lucas. “We just can’t wait for scholarship applications to start rolling in and for students to become part of our Warrior family.”

For specific guidelines and requirements for the Gen One and Platinum /Gold/Silver Transfer Scholarship Awards visit esu.edu/merit or contact Lucas at klucas@esu.edu or call (570) 422-2844.


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