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Nearly $78,000 Awarded in Scholarships

Nearly $78,000 Awarded in Scholarships

For the second year in a row, our College has set a new precedent in scholarship awards.

New standards have been set with the most money awarded (nearly $78,000), applicants (186) and recipients (116) — all besting 2014’s totals.

“We are thrilled to assist individuals in achieving their goals,” said Barbara S. Calhoun, dean of the College. “Every time you walk into a classroom you increase your options. Education opens doors to more choices in life.”

Certificate Training Programs
Of those applying for certificate-based programs, 28 students were awarded scholarships for the following courses:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Culinary Apprenticeship
  • Human Resources Management SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP
  • Medical Assisting
  • Professional Development in Gerontology
  • Meeting & Event Management
  • Paralegal
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Project Management
  • Real Estate Property Management
  • Social Media Marketing

Kerry Ruthsatz, who received a Barbara S. Calhoun Scholarship for Medical Assisting, said:

“I’m very honored to receive this scholarship. It will allow me to attend school to become a certified medical assistant after more than 20 years working as an EMT and then a paramedic. I’m very grateful to KSU for awarding me this opportunity.”

OLLI Winners
Additionally, 62 scholarships were awarded to students of the College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) which serves seasoned adults ages 50 and older. The scholarships will be used by students on a variety of programs that cover technology, art, music, finances, fitness, languages and history.

Bernard Osher

Bernard Osher

Osher Reentry
We were also honored to award 25 students the Osher Reentry Scholarship. Supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation, this scholarship is designed for students 25–50 years old who have experienced at least a five-year gap in their education. It provides students the opportunity to earn their undergraduate degree.

Bernard Osher, a self-made entrepreneur and philanthropist, is known for helping those who want to realize their passions later in life.

Osher, 88, ranked one of the world’s wealthiest people by Forbes magazine, says he plans to give away his entire fortune in support of his passion for learning. So far, more than $3.5 million in grants and endowments have come KSU’s way.

Thank You, Donors
A very special thanks goes out to all our donors. Without them, these opportunities would not be possible:

  • Senior Citizens Council of Cobb County
  • Atherton Place
  • Hear-Rite
  • Presbyterian Homes of Georgia
  • Barnes Law Group
  • Christopher Bethel
  • Cheryll Schramm
  • Bernard Osher Foundation
  • Osher Adult Re-entry Scholarship
  • WellStar Good Life Club
  • Kay Evans Scholarship Fund
  • Walton Nursing & Hospice Services
  • Esther Romanoff Kazer Literacy Program
  • Larry & Joyce Lowenstein Scholarship
  • Leslie Clark-Malzhan
  • Al Burruss & Chet Austin Scholarship
  • East Cobb YMCA Kickers – Jeanne A. Cook Memorial Scholarship (also in memory of Sarah M. Mastley)

You Can Do It!
Applications for 2016 will be posted next April. Further scholarship information can be found on our Scholarship page.

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