By Arielle Cotoia
In Eastern's Bookstore, an adult student prepares for the semester by getting required textbooks.
Willimantic, Conn. - The School of Continuing Education at Eastern Connecticut State University has received a $3,000 grant from Guilford Smith Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, to establish a book scholarship to help support part-time adult students working toward earning their degrees.
The book scholarship program is designed to assist students in paying for their books, which now average $125-200 per course. This program allows any student awarded a School of Continuing Education Scholarship to also receive a $200 Continuing Education Book Scholarship. The School of Continuing Education anticipates awarding 15 book scholarships in the upcoming school year.
The cost of attending college as a part-time student has increased significantly at Eastern and across the country. At the same time, many employers have dropped their policies allowing for tuition reimbursement.
To address the problem, Eastern offers a small scholarship for part-time adult students, allocated from parking fines and vending machine revenues. However, these scholarships do not cover the full cost of tuition or textbooks. Through the generosity of the Guilford Smith Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, 15 part-time Eastern students will now have their textbooks covered. The School of Continuing Education offers high-quality education programs at times and places convenient for working adults in Eastern Connecticut, enabling them to complete a baccalaureate degree quickly, capitalizing upon their prior experiences and learning. It also offers a flexible degree program called the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS). Persons who think they may qualify for a scholarship should call (860) 465-0206 and ask to an advisor.