Bevill State offering career tech scholarship for women

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Bevill State Community College is providing a scholarship opportunity for women who are interested in pursuing a career technology degree.

The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham presented a $45,000 check to Bevill State this week to help fund scholarships for women to attend the college and study in one of the following technology fields: advanced engineering design (drafting), air conditioning and refrigeration, auto body repair, automotive service excellence, diesel, electrical systems, machine tool or welding.

Up to eight women will be awarded the Success for Women in Career Tech Scholarship, which will fund three semesters of study and a monetary incentive based on GPA.

"Bevill State Community College is excited to offer this Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunity to females in Walker and Jefferson counties. Currently, women are vastly underrepresented in these professions," BSCC President Dr. Kim Ennis said. "For example, in the growing manufacturing industry of welding, women only represent approximately 5 percent of the workforce. Women are capable and needed in these fields. As economic development continues to prosper in Alabama and our workforce demand continues to expand, manufacturing and technical jobs will be in high demand."

Ennis added, "Scholarships such as this will allow females to be trained and pursue these positions. We are appreciative of the Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham for recognizing and supporting this effort." 

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Monday, Dec. 16. Applicants must be female head of households living at 200 percent poverty or greater in Walker or Jefferson counties.

Prior to applying for the scholarship, women must submit a general college application to Bevill State Admissions and complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Scholarship funding will be used for tuition, books, tools and supplies.

To apply, visit www.bscc.edu. Under the "students" tab on the website, select "scholarship applications" from the drop-down menu. A list of potential scholarships, including the Women in Career Tech Scholarship, will be listed.