JSU Newswire
Jacksonville, Alabama

Scholarships Available from NSF Grant

Jamie M. Eubanks
JSU New Bureau

JACKSONVILLE -- February 27, 2002 -- Jacksonville State University will offer up to 29 new scholarships for majors in enhanced mathematics, computer and engineering technology (EMCETS) for Fall Semester 2002.

These new scholarships are available due to a grant totaling $400,000.00 from the National Science Foundation. JSU received this grant due to "the number of minority students and underrepresented groups in our area," says Dr. Fred Kelley, associate professor of computer science at JSU. Another factor was the high number of displaced workers from the textile industries in the region.

"This grant is designed to provide financial assistance to retrain these individuals who have lost their jobs," says Kelley. "We also hope to attract freshmen to these fields, as well."

Kelley hopes those who are without the resources to pay for college tuition will find this to be one way to fund their education. He also says that the incentive of free tuition may cause students to choose JSU over some other institution.

Students receiving the EMCETS scholarship would receive a maximum of $3,125.00 per academic year. The scholarship is not automatically renewable, but students may reapply each year.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • U.S. citizenship, national, or alien admitted as refugee at the time of application

  • Financial need

  • Full-time enrollment in computer science, computer technology, engineering technology and/or mathematics degree programs at the baccalaureate, or graduate level

"Not only will top students be considered for award, but those who exhibit need and the most promise of success," says Kelley.

And graduate students are welcome to apply for the scholarship. Unfortunately, Kelly says, math education majors are not eligible for the program.

The deadline for application is March 15. And the scholarships will be awarded in mid-April.

For more information or to download an application, visit the department's web site at mcis.jsu.edu/EMCETS or call 256-782-5722 or 782-5723.


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