The average annual cost of books and supplies for college students attending full time, per semester exceeds $1,000. Now, more than ever, paying for textbooks is a financial struggle. According to a recent national survey, 56% of students admitted that they have put off getting the necessary materials for their classes because of these costs. In the study, one in six chose not to enroll in or dropped a class because of the cost of textbooks.
The Atwood Textbook Scholarship of the Hopkinsville Community College Foundation, Inc. currently provides $500.00 in assistance per student award, based upon annual Foundation fund-raising efforts, to aid students with the cost of textbooks. Time and again we see that even modest scholarships encourage and strengthen a students determination to succeed. To apply for a textbook scholarship, which is given out in both spring and fall terms, please complete the Application Textbook Scholarship. In addition to the Atwood Textbook Scholarship Program, the HCC Foundation also manages the application and award process for the Sam Miles Textbook Scholarship. Both scholarships use the common textboook scholarship application. Students are encouraged to be especially attentive to the essay portion of the application, as the committee thoroughly reads each application.
Our goal is to ensure that the cost of textbooks is never a hindrance for students. Terry Hamby spearheaded the establishment of this endowment, raising $50,000 in a single evening during a gala. The endowment will ensure in perpetuity, funding of textbook scholarships for Hopkinsville Community College students. Our local $50,000 was matched by KCTCS funding, dollar for dollar, to fund the endowment for an initial $100,000.00 in principal. During the 2017-2018 academic year, the HCC Foundation will award $43,000 in textbook scholarships. The HCC Foundation's two annual fundraisers, The Mike Foster Golf Scramble and the Annual Gala Scholarship Auction both help fund this important program.
For questions, please call us at (270)707-3733.