La'Shanda Holmes Shares Her Story
Scholarship fair attendees will be inspired and motivated by Spelman alumna Lt. La'Shanda Holmes, C'2007, as she shares her story of hard work, perseverance and success. Holmes overcame adversity early on in her life to become the first African-American female helicopter pilot in the history of the U.S.. Coast Guard.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear Lt. Homes speak on Thursday, March 20, at 1:30 p.m
., in Upper Manley. Learn more about this Spelman History Maker
Demystifying the Financial Aid Process
By Sharon D. Lightfoot, Scholarship Coordinator, Spelman College
One of the major reasons students do not complete their college education is because they cannot afford the tuition and fees, according to a recent study by Public Agenda. Spelman College takes pride in a 78 percent graduation rate, nearly a third higher than the national average, and most of those graduates are the beneficiaries of monetary support. Last year, more than 85 percent of Spelman students received some form of financial assistance to support their enrollment and success.
The goal of the College's fairs (Financial Aid in fall and Scholarship in spring) is to ensure that Spelman students are informed and have a clear understanding of the important aspects of financial aid including scholarship eligibility, the student loan process, and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
When students are educated about the landscape of federal and institutional student aid, they increase their ability to maximize the outside resources that are available to them to pay for college.
Searching for outside scholarship support is one of the most crucial steps in the financial aid process. Regardless of the financial picture of a student and her family, the Office of Financial Aid strongly encourages applying for all types of scholarships to help defray costs.
Students can receive help with the process, which can include the gathering and submitting of significant required documentation, from the financial aid office.
The office also actively communicates scholarship opportunities for students via email and social media to ensure the information is received in real time. Students and families can follow the Spelman College Office of Financial on Twitter at @SC_Scholarships, and are encouraged to join our Facebook group, Spelman College Scholarship Office.