Money available for "B" students |

Money available for "B" students

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

There might be nothing sweeter to a high school senior’s ears than free money for college.

Financial aid is plentiful for high school seniors who plan to continue their education after they toss their tasseled caps into the mountain air.

The Lake Tahoe Community College offers a “Foundation for the Future” scholarship that wipes out tuition costs for Whittell and South Tahoe high school graduates who have a “B” average or higher, said Lynn Thiesen, director of financial aid at LTCC.

“We get a list from a high school on who qualifies based on their (grade point average) and information is sent to those students,” Thiesen said.

Geoffrey Henderson, 19, is a 2001 South Tahoe High School graduate and a recipient of the community college scholarship.

“It was kinda just there. It’s a really good opportunity,” he said. “It’s saving $20,000 from a state school for two years.”

Cal Grant is a financial aid opportunity in California that has existed since 1955. The California Student Aid Commission has a goal of receiving Cal Grant applications from every high school student in the state. To qualify, a student must have a 2.0 GPA or higher.

In 2001, the commission reported that at least 78,619 students qualified for the Cal Grant and more money was available.

Students can receive up to $9,700 in grant money.

“The fact that there’s all this money that’s just sitting there and students don’t know about it,” said Kathleen Smith, a Cal Grant representative. “A lot of people have the misconception that it’s for real high achievers but that’s not the case.”

Interested students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form available at the LTCC financial aid office or online at

Secondly, students must complete a GPA Verification Form.

The deadline for Cal Grants is March 2.

Nevada high school students got help from the federal tobacco settlement when Nevada agreed to receive $1.2 billion in the next 25 years. Forty percent of the money will go toward the Millennium Scholarship.

The scholarship is in its second year. Qualified students must have lived in Nevada for at least two years with a GPA average of 3.0 or better and plan to go to a Nevada university or college.

There is no application for the scholarship, said State Treasurer Brian Krolicki.

“Seventeen school districts in Nevada decide (qualifications),” he said. “You either perform and meet the requirements or you don’t. Nevada is trying in a very large way that higher education is available for all our young people.”

Up to $10,000 in scholarship money is good for eight years, he said.

Financial aid applications and assistance is available at the community college even if a student plans on going somewhere else than the LTCC.

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