ECMC awards $ 324,000 in college scholarships to 54 Connecticut students
BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut., June 25, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) is proud to recognize 54 high school graduates from the class of 2021 as ECMC Fellows. Students come from eight secondary schools selected through Connecticut, and each got a $ 6,000 Stock Exchange.
Over the past two years, these students have participated in a comprehensive mentoring program designed to help develop academic and life skills. Unlike a traditional university scholarship, students were selected to participate in the program on the basis of their potential, not just their academic merit. Working with school staff and the ECMC scholarship program team, students spent their first and last years of high school actively preparing for post-secondary education.
“The class of 2021 scholarship recipients is amazing. Their world has been turned upside down with the pandemic and virtual learning during their senior year of high school. I am so proud of each of these students,” said Jan Smith, responsible for the ECMC Scholars program.
Scholarship funds can be used for enrollment in a diploma or certificate program at an accredited college, university or vocational and technical education institution. Additionally, each scholarship recipient had the opportunity to receive personalized peer-to-peer college coaching services provided by Beyond 12, which provides the academic, social and emotional support students need to persevere in their post-secondary education.
“Now more than ever, it is important to offer students a holistic approach to help them access and complete post-secondary education,” said Paula craw, vice president of outreach for ECMC. “The ECMC scholarship program is designed to help students facing challenges that may prevent them from achieving their educational goals.”
Since 2012, ECMC has awarded $ 4.3 million to 720 ECMC scholarship students in Connecticut alone. Over the past 16 years, ECMC has awarded $ 19.5 million in grants to 3,246 students in Virginia, Oregon and Connecticut.
ECMC is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to help students succeed. ECMC works to reduce student loan default rates sponsors college entry and completion initiatives and financial literacy programs; and provides resources to help student borrowers successfully repay their loans. To learn more about ECMC initiatives, visit www.ecmc.org/students.