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Motlow College Foundation Creates New Fund for Transitional Students

October 11, 2011
Sherrills plant the seed for learning

Pictured from left, are Jan Rogers, director of advancement at Motlow; Vernon Sherrill, Dr. MaryLou Apple, president of Motlow and Kevin Sherrill.

An area of need has been identified at Motlow College, and a new fund is being created to meet that need. Students who return to college after having previously attended and quit, for whatever reason, no matter how many years ago, have to prove themselves academically before becoming eligible for financial aid. To prove themselves, students are required to pay for a couple of semesters of college tuition and books to improve their academic score. The out-of-pocket expenses have proven to be a deterrent to prevent some students from ever going back.

A student falling into this category will now be deemed a transitional student. This student will be defined as one who has exhausted any financial aid possibilities and has demonstrated the potential and desire to complete their college education at Motlow College. The student must be recommended for this designation by an official of the financial aid department or the Motlow College Foundation.

To aid the transitional student, Vernon and Kevin Sherrill, owners of Sherrill's Pest Control in Manchester, recently donated seed money to establish a new fund through the Motlow College Foundation. Additional donors wishing to follow the Sherrills' lead could receive a tax deduction for contributing to the Foundation to help grow the fund and assist more students.

This new fund can help pay for those first semesters until a student proves they can meet academic requirements and once again become eligible for financial aid. Many students returning to participate in the Adult College Express (ACE) program at Motlow have found this to be a stumbling block in their quest for a college education.

Jan Rogers, director of advancement at Motlow, said, "We see young people who begin college right out of high school, decide the timing isn’t right, then just quit and get a job. Years later when they decide it's time to go back and get an education, they are at an immediate deficit because they are deemed academically ineligible because of their past history. Now, when they need it, they can't get financial aid."

Rogers continued, "With this new fund, responsible adults can return to college for an education and be financially helped until they are once again eligible for financial aid. We hope other businesses and individuals will step forward to help grow this fund."

Visit the College website <www.mscc.edu/scholarships> for additional information about other scholarships available at Motlow. To learn more about how to be a scholarship donor, contact Jan Rogers, director of advancement by calling 931.393.1692 or 800.654.4877 ext. 1692.