Scholarships and Investing in Education
The cost of education is continually rising, as are the costs of employing high achieving professors, keeping up with technological advances, and maintaining our beautiful campus. All of these factors contribute to attracting and retaining motivated students, and ultimately set our students up for success.
Our commitment to helping our students by removing the financial barrier opens the door to higher education that may have been otherwise unavailable to them. Ongoing financial support ensures that the door to college is always open. There are several different types of aid available to Elizabethtown students. The most common are Endowed Scholarships. These can be based on proven financial need, merit, or for first generation college students.
The cost of education can seem unattainable to students from low-income families. In order to offset costs, need-based aid is incredibly important to us and to our students. Strong financial aid packages help us attract motivated students, and by investing in these students now, we can help to ensure that they achieve success later.
To ensure that we continue to be attractive to students from across the nation, our merit-based scholarships must be competitive. Attracting strong students increases the value of our institution long-term, and increases the possibility of retaining those students over the next four years. Students that receive merit-based aid are continually motivated to achieve academic excellence.
Established in 2010, the Momentum Program is one of our top initiatives, with forty percent of our students entering Elizabethtown as first-generation college students. The Momentum Program is instrumental in providing the necessary guidance during their first year experience. This program is dedicated to attracting and investing in first-generation college students. By providing this program during the summer first-year orientation, we can help to ensure that these students feel supported as they move forward with their college education.
First-generation college students are often our most eager learners, and they are thriving at Elizabethtown. Additional funding would help us to expand and enrich the Momentum Program, and to provide this opportunity to more first-generation college students in the future.
Jaime Ramos '18 relates his experiences as a first-generation student and how the Momentum Program at Elizabethtown College helped his transition to college.
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