Column by Dr. Carraway as published in the June 27, 2019 edition of The Duplin Times.
There is no better time to decide to go back to college than today! The summer is always the best time to decide to come to James Sprunt Community College. There’s little to no waiting time to see advisors or to receive assistance in filling out your application, completing placement tests, and getting help with filing your FAFSA. Our staff stands ready to assist you and are committed to helping you on your journey to success.
Please do not let any obstacle get in the way of you earning your degree or seeking training that will prepare you for the workforce.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
Last year, the James Sprunt Community College Foundation awarded $44,000 in scholarships to deserving students. We would love to be able to award even more scholarships this year.
If you are a 2019 high school student, and you’ve completed three College and Career Promise Classes through James Sprunt, you are most likely eligible for a Presidential Scholarship. That means you can attend James Sprunt, for free, until you receive your associate degree, given that you keep your grades up.
The Presidential Scholarships are open to any recent high school graduates in Duplin County, including home schooled students, as well as graduates of Harrells Christian Academy in Harrells and Liberty Christian Academy in Richlands. You must have had an unweighted GPA of 3.0 at the time of graduation, completed three CCP classes at James Sprunt with a “C” or better, complete all financial aid forms including the FAFSA, as well as complete the application for the Presidential Scholars program.
We still have Presidential Scholarships available to award to students for the fall semester. If you qualify, please come see us so that we can get you in class on August 15 and help you graduate debt free with an associates degree.
If you don’t qualify for the Presidential Scholars program, there are plenty of other scholarships at the college available, but it all starts with the FAFSA. Be sure that you complete your financial aid forms so that we can help you get the funding that you need.
Even if you do not qualify for financial aid, you still may qualify for other scholarships at the college. Again, it all starts with the FAFSA – so please right now, go to fafsa.gov and apply!
Maybe you don’t qualify for a scholarship? There may still be other options available through our Single Stop Office, which assists students with array of resources including transportation, food, and clothing.
Please do not let the reason why you do not get your degree be because you do not have the money.
We will exhaust every possibility to help you so that you are able to get in school and stay in school.
I encourage everyone to come to James Sprunt, talk with our admissions and financial aid staff, and chart a plan for your success. You don’t know what you qualify for until you try.
As Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.”
In other words, you cannot succeed if you do not try, you cannot receive financial aid if you do not try, and you cannot get your degree if you do not try. It all starts with taking that first small step.
James Sprunt Community College will always be for our students. We want you to have the best possible experience and we want you to succeed.
Our college will be holding College Admissions Day on July 18 and July 29. These days are set aside to focus completely on assisting our students with completing their application for admissions, getting placement tests completed, assisting with and answering questions about financial aid, and signing students up for new student orientation.
So if you need help with any of these things, please come out to see us. Our staff is friendly, helpful, and are ready to get you from the front door to the classroom to walking across the stage at graduation. We will help you every step of the way.
The time is now.
Please don’t let this moment pass you by.
New student orientation will be held August 12 and August 13. Open registration for all students will be August 14. Classes begin August 15.
For current students attending this summer, as well as for returning students who attended in the Spring, you may register early now through July 31.
I hope to see all of you in the next class at James Sprunt Community College.
– Dr. Jay Carraway, President, James Sprunt Community College