As part of its commitment to securing funds for scholarships and other educational support for low- to moderate-income students, Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation has established a new pilot project, The IGNITE Scholarship.
The IGNITE Scholarship was established to provide those seeking a General Educational Diploma the financial support to not only attain the credential but proceed onto college courses or certification programs to enhance workforce readiness.
Qualified candidates are those who did not complete high school and want to earn a GED and reengage in higher education at the certification, community college or university level.
In its first year, the IGNITE Scholarship is accepting 16 Pueblo County residents who have not yet earned a high school diploma or GED and are willing to enroll in PHEF GED Prep Courses Cohort, evening courses which begin Oct. 26 and run through Dec. 17.
Participants must take and pass the GED test and enroll in 2021 spring semester courses at an accredited institution of higher learning, working toward a Career and Technical Education degree or certificate in fields deemed to be high demand in Southern Colorado.
The scholarship, which has a combined value of $2,325, consists of three components:
• GED prep courses fee, a one-time fee for the eight-week course, facilitated by Pueblo Community College.
• One-time GED test fee.
• Scholarship to enroll in the spring 2021 semester, contingent on completion of prep courses and passing GED test. The candidate must enroll for the spring 2021 semester or forfeit the college scholarship.
All portions of the scholarship will be paid directly to the GED prep program and institution of recipient’s choice.
“There are so many reasons people may have to put their high school education on hold and now realize having that diploma is necessary to enter the workforce: and additional education may be needed,” said PHEF executive director Janelle Quick.
“If the financial means is what has kept them from reengaging, this scholarship can help drive that desire to get back to school.”
The application is available download at phef.net.
For more information, write [email protected] or call 320-5596.
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