MARCH 2010

March 31, 2010 -- Northwest-Shoals Opens New Adult Education Site at Cherokee H.S.

Muscle Shoals, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) are now offering Adult Education Classes at Cherokee High School, according to Adult Education Director, Donnie Sweeney. The NW-SCC Adult Education Program is currently offering evening classes at Cherokee High School on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. "We are really excited to offer the people of Cherokee and the surrounding area this service," said Sweeney. "We are up to 11 sites now and with the increasing fuel prices, we would love to have a site no further than 20 miles apart. Our goal is to effectively serve as many people as we can in our five-county service area."
All NW-SCC Adult Education classes are free and enrollment is open ended. The NW-SCC Adult Education program currently offers 22 classes which include10 day classes, 11 night classes and one online GED class. Participants also have the opportunity of obtaining Career Ready Alabama certification by taking the Workkeys test free of charge.
For more information on Adult Education classes in your area or the NW-SCC Adult Education Program, call (256) 331-5440.

March 29, 2010 -- NW-SCC announces Chorale Spring Acoustical Tour

Phil Campbell, AL - Northwest-Shoals Community College's (NW-SCC) announces the Chorale Spring Acoustical Tour. Each Sunday night the Northwest-Shoals Chorale will present an acoustical concert open to the public. The tour began at the First Baptist Church in Russellville.The Chorale, lead by Jeff McAlister; will take a brief break from the tour to perform in New Orleans, LA on April 9th. The acoustical tour will resume on April 18th at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield. Other dates include April 25th at 6 p.m. at the New Zion Baptist Church in Hatton, AL, followed by a May 2nd performance at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Haleyville, AL.
For additional information, please contact Jeff McAlister, Director & Vocal Technician, at 256.331.6299.

2009-2010 NW-SCC Chorale

L to R -Female Singers: Beth Coker, Russellville; Tashia Anglin, Hackleburg; Cara Kimbrough, Russellville; Kaitlyn Patrick, Tuscumbia; Crystal McNutt, Haleyville (former Chorale member); Meghan Garrison, Double Springs; Stephanie Tyrell, Russellville; Ariel Murray, Russellville; Heather Parrish, Belgreen.

L to R- Male Singers: Kevin Vincent, Russellville; Travis Harkins, Tuscumbia; Chance Hall, Russellville; Chris Simms, Haleyville; Chris Russell, Haleyville; Jacob Green, Belgreen; Tommy Quinn, Hackleburg; Patrick Hellums, Red Bay; Drew Benefield, Haleyville (former Chorale member).

March 29, 2010 -- NW-SCC ANNOUNCES MR. & MS. NW-SCC 2010 (Phil Campbell)

Phil Campbell, AL - Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) recently announced Mr. & Ms. Northwest-Shoals Community College for the Phil Campbell campus. Mr. & Ms. NW-SCC are selected by popular vote of the students, faculty and staff on each campus. The honor is based on academic achievement, leadership in extracurricular activities and community service.
Mr. NW-SCC Phil Campbell campus is Joseph Brown of Phil Campbell, AL. Brown is the son of Kelvin and Vanessa Brown. He is a graduate of Phil Campbell High School. Brown is a member of the Student Government Association (SGA), the Science Club, and the History Club. He is pursuing a degree in Secondary Education and plans to transfer to the University of North Alabama (UNA) to further his education.
Ms. NW-SCC Phil Campbell campus is Jyl Melody Taylor of Phil Campbell, AL. Taylor is the daughter of Patrick and Lisa Taylor. Taylor is a second generation Mr. & Ms. NW-SCC winner. Her father (Patrick Taylor) was named Mr. Northwest in 1978. She is a graduate of Phil Campbell High School. Taylor is currently a NW-SCC Ambassador, secretary of the Student Government Association (SGA), a member of the Campus Christian Fellowship, and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is pursuing a degree in Speech Language Pathology and plans to transfer to the University of Alabama to further her education.

Mr&Mrs NW-SCC (PC)

Mr. & Ms. NW-SCC (Phil Campbell) Joseph Brown and Jyl Taylor

March 25, 2010 -- NW-SCC Spring Child Development Conference focuses on "Educational music that makes learning fun"

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College's (NW-SCC) Child Development Program will hold its spring conference, "Educational music that makes learning fun.for everyone," Saturday, April 3, 2010, in the Shoals Community Theatre (Florence, AL) from 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Jack Hartmann, nationally recognized children's singer, songwriter, author, keynote speaker, and workshop leader, will lead the conference. Hartmann will be demonstrating to teachers how to help young children enjoy learning while developing specific reading, language, and math skills. Hartmann's music is the highest quality of children's music which is known to: stimulate brain and body development, enhance school readiness, and strengthen classroom learning.
According to Dianne Pace, NW-SCC Child Development Director, it is a great opportunity for the local child care providers and teachers to experience Jack Hartmann's training in-person. "Those who have never attended a Jack Hartmann training session but have used his wonderful educational CD's in their classrooms or have heard of them, should be aware of the wonderful benefits his work provides children," stated Pace.
This conference is made possible through the Alabama Department of Human Resources Quality Enhancement Project.

March 18, 2010 -- NW-SCC College Bowl Team Prepares for Competition

Phil Campbell, AL – Northwest-Shoals Community College’s (NW-SCC) College Bowl Team will travel to competition at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama on April 2nd and then on to the University of Montevallo April 23rd for the state tournament.
College Bowl is an academic quiz competition where top students compete in a game of speed and knowledge. Questions focus on information a sophomore college student should know in subjects such as history, literature, science, mathematics, government, the arts, and current events.
At NW-SCC, students tryout for the team in the spring and six are chosen to receive scholarships. There are about 14 teams at colleges around the state, and sometimes teams from Georgia, Mississippi and Florida compete in the tournaments as well.

College Bowl Team

Northwest-Shoals Commnuity College Bowl Team members are shown here (l-r): Andre Hulsey, Phil Campbell, AL, Charles Vuletich, Phil Campbell, AL, Jeremy Vess, Russellville, AL, Alicia Parrish, Natural Bridge, AL, Sharon Watson (coach), Phil Campbell.

March 16, 2010 -- NW-SCC announces Phi Theta Kappa Awards - PC

Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter (Phil Campbell campus) was recently the recipient of several awards at their Regional Convention held at Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, AL. Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter received recognition for the following:

  • Service Award
  • Scholarship Award
  • Leadership Award
  • Most Distinguished Chapter, 1st finalist Award
  • Continued Chapter Excellence Award
  • Five- Star Chapter Development Award

Individual awards were also given to the following:

  • Outstanding Chapter President - Becky Jones, Haleyville, AL
  • Outstanding Chapter Officer – Kolby Weaver, Red Bay, AL
  • Hites Essay Award – Kolby Weaver
  • All-Alabama Academic Team Recognition - Kolby Weaver
  • Distinguished Chapter Advisor - Nora Lee, Florence, AL

Induction into Phi Theta Kappa is held twice a year at NW-SCC, once in the fall and once in the spring. Students who earn a 3.5 GPA for 12 or more credit hours the previous semester are invited to join the honor society. Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.

:PTK Officers

2009-2010 Alpha Zeta Iota PTK officers and advisors (L-R): Nora Lee, Chapter Advisor, Kolby Weaver, Chapter Officer , Becky Jones, Chapter President, Dr. Humphrey Lee, NW-SCC President & Alabama Phi Theta Kappa Regional Coordinator

March 12, 2010 -- Northwest-Shoals Men's Basketball to hold Open Try-out March 20th

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) Men's Basketball team will hold an open try-out Saturday, March 20, 2010. Try-outs will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Patriot Center (gymnasium) on the Shoals Campus of NW-SCC. The open try-out is free of charge.
For more information on the open try-out, contact Scott Veal, NW-SCC Basketball Head Coach, at 256.331.5472 or 205.269.7146.

March 4, 2010 -- NW-SCC (PC) Hosts Envirothon for Franklin and Colbert Students

Phil Campbell,AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC), will host the Envirothon for Franklin and Colbert County students, Wednesday, March 10th starting at 9:00 a.m. on the NW-SCC Phil Campbell Campus. The Envirothon, presented by the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), is an environmental educational competitive program. Envirothon is the nation’s largest environmental competition for high school students. A team of seven students from each participating school will compete based on their awareness and knowledge of environmental issues concerning soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry and a current issue that changes annually.
According to Robert Clement of the SWCD, Franklin County's Envirothon program is probably the biggest in the state, outside the State level competition itself. “We will send the top two scoring Franklin County schools to the state competition in April. We also welcome our neighboring Colbert County state competition team to participate in our training and testing days. So we are proud to help prepare three of the teams on the state level,” Clement added.
The local daylong competition is a two-part program. First, experts from different fields attend a “training event” for the students. The following month the students will be given a written test on their knowledge of the different environmental fields. A major portion of their score will also be associated with an oral presentation given to the volunteer trainers.
Seven schools from Franklin County will be included. One of the teams will go on to compete on the state level and possibly the national level. The last two years the Franklin County team came in 1st place in the state competition and represented Alabama in the national competition. Over 500,000 youth from 38 states and 3 Canadian provinces participate in Envirothon.


Muscle Shoals, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC), the Lauderdale County Extension Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Shoals Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Youth Entrepreneurial Summit Wednesday, March 10th and Thursday, March 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the NW-SCC Shoals Campus.
The two-day Youth Entrepreneurial Summit will introduce Shoals area 10th grade Career Technical Education students to the “Real World”. According to NW-SCC Tech Prep Coordinator Kym Robinson, the students will have an eye-opening experience. “These are the Shoals area entrepreneurs of the future. After seeing how excited the students were last year at the Summit, we wanted to take this opportunity to show a new group of students a bit of reality as well,” stated Robinson.
During the day, students will hear from different speakers about the aspects of entrepreneurship and education. They will rotate in groups through various planned activities. There will also be several volunteers from the area to assist these young people in learning more about the world that awaits them after graduation. Presenters will include Larry Softley and Jeannette Massey from TVA, Joe Hackworth, NW-SCC Chairperson of the Occupational/Technical Division and Tom Carter, NW-SCC Director of Admissions and Recruitment.
One component of the Summit is the “Reality Check”. The “Reality Check” is a hands-on income and budgeting exercise representing various businesses, services and opportunities in the community with which the kids will spend their "hard earned" income. This exercise is a wake up call for many of the students. “Students are usually very surprised when they find out how far their money won’t go each month,” commented Lelia Wissert, Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “We hope they will become more patient with their parents after this experience. The goal of this Summit is for the students to learn the importance of education and how big a part it will play in their future.”
“Reality Check” stations will include Real Estate, Auto Sales, Bank / Investments, Food & Supplies, Clothing, Utilities, Insurance, Day Care, Entertainment, Helping Hands / Charity, Back to School, 2nd Job, Homeless Park and "Deck of Chance" / Life Happens!
Participating schools will include Allen Thornton Career Technical Center, Belgreen High School, Cherokee High School, Colbert Heights High School, Florence High School, Haleyville Center for Technology, Lawrence County Center for Technology, Muscle Shoals Center for Technology, Sheffield High School, Tharptown High School and Vina High School.

March 1, 2010 -- NW-SCC Partners with ACCS in RAISE the ROOF for Haiti Campaign

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College announced today it has joined other two-year institutions within the Alabama Community College System in a system-wide effort to help rebuild Haiti. The RAISE the ROOF for Haiti campaign will raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Haiti, a program that has been building sturdy, small homes in Haiti for the past quarter-century.
According NW-SCC President, Dr. Humphrey Lee, NW-SCC has been raising money for the Haiti Relief effort since the middle of February. "We are excited to partner with the Alabama Community College System and raise money to provide disaster relief for those without housing in Haiti," said Lee. "We started raising money February 8th in cooperation with the American Red Cross as part of our celebration of Black History Month. I'm glad we can continue fundraising for this worthy cause with the help of Habitat for Humanity."
Northwest-Shoals has posted a link on their home page that connects to the Alabama Community College System "Raise the Roof for Haiti" campaign. Donations will go directly to Habitat for Humanity Haiti and will be tracked to each participating institution. Donors will receive receipts for tax purposes.
Here's what RAISE the ROOF for Haiti dollars will buy:

  • $250: Emergency shelter kit to help families make immediate repairs and construct temporary shelter. The kit includes much-needed tools usually in short supply following disaster.
  • $1,000 - $2,500: Transitional shelters (one-room wood, concrete block and tin-roof homes for a typical Haitian family of five).
  • $4,000 - $6,000: Core houses - small, but well-constructed and disaster-resistant, permanent structures for a family of five. Thousands of these homes will be needed, and Habitat is committed to building as many as funding allows.
  • Debris clean-up and building repairs.

The RAISE the ROOF for HAITI campaign continues through April in honor of National Community College Month.


February 25, 2010 -- NW-SCC Child Development Center to hold Pre-K Registration beginning March 15th

Muscle Shoals, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College’s Child Development Center will begin registration for its Alabama Office of School Readiness Pre-Kindergarten Program for the 2010-2011 class Monday, March 15th, and conclude Friday, March 19th.
Registration will be from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Child Development Center (Building 107) on the Shoals campus.
Parents and/or guardians should bring:

  • Child’s social security card
  • Child’s original birth certificate
  • Child’s up-to-date certificate of immunization (blue slip)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Proof of residency

Children who will be four years old by September 1, 2010, are eligible for the 2010-2011 Alabama First Class Pre-Kindergarten Program. The method of selection for the program will be promotion and lottery. Children will not be denied participation on the basis of race, color, or national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964); sex (Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Title II of the Vocational Education Amendments of 1976); or disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) in educational programs [OSR Operating Guidelines, Section 3.1]. For additional information, contact the NW-SCC Child Development Center at (256) 331-5245.

February 23, 2010 -- NW-SCC to go to Four-Day Summer Work/Class Schedule Beginning May 25

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) officials today announced that the college will go to a four-day (Monday-Thursday) summer work/class schedule beginning May 25 in an effort to conserve energy and college resources. During the weeks of June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, and August 2 NW-SCC will be open on Mondays - Thursdays. The college will be closed Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day and Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day.
According to the Office of the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, the college will be closed on the following Fridays during the summer semester:

  • Friday, May 28, 2010
  • Friday, June 4, 2010
  • Friday, June 11, 2010
  • Friday, June 18, 2010
  • Friday, June 25, 2010
  • Friday, July 2, 2010
  • Friday, July 9, 2010
  • Friday, July 16, 2010
  • Friday, July 23, 2010
  • Friday, July 30, 2010

According to NW-SCC President, Dr. Humphrey Lee, the decision was made to try the four-day summer work/class schedule based on the 2009 summer pilot successes of neighboring community colleges, Calhoun and Wallace State. "Calhoun and Wallace both tried the four-day week last summer and have had rave reviews," said Lee. "Each college saved in excess of $20,000 for the summer. We hope to have similar results."
The state Board of Education voted in 2009 to allow Alabama's community colleges to pursue alternatives to the standard five-day work week.

February 11, 2010 -- NW-SCC Celebrates Black History Month

Muscle Shoals, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) announces events in celebration of February as Black History Month. This year's events include music, a Haiti Relief Donation Drive, and a taste of "Soul Food". The NW-SCC Cultural Affairs Committee and the Student Government Association (SGA) will hold a special program Wednesday, February 24, 2010. The Black History Program will feature a concert by the NW-SCC Singers directed by Dr. Eric Kirkman, as well as a "Soul Food" tasting. These events will take place at 12:15 p.m. in the Hospitality Center on the Muscle Shoals campus.
Also, NW-SCC, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, will hold a Haiti Relief Donation Drive which will continue through the entire month of February.
For more information on any of the events, contact Michelle Napier, NW-SCC Cultural Affairs Committee, at (256) 331-5461 or email

February 10, 2010 -- NW-SCC Winter Child Development Seminar to focus on "Needs of ALL Children"

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College's (NW-SCC) Child Development Program will hold its Winter seminar, "Addressing Social, Emotional and Special Needs of ALL Children," Saturday, February 20, 2010, in the A.W. Todd Center (Russellville, AL) from 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. According to Dianne Pace, NW-SCC Child Development Director, due to numerous requests from those involved in early care and education throughout the College's five-county service area, the Winter Seminar has been planned with experts in the field of psychology/counseling and special education relating to children.
Jade Bragwell is the children's outpatient therapist at Riverbend Center for Mental Health. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Auburn University in psychology and a Master's Degree from The University of North Alabama in community counseling. Bragwell will be presenting one, two-part session:

  • "Mental Disorders Found in Children": A review of the mental disorders found in children that are usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood or adolescence. She will be discussing the diagnostic criteria, signs and symptoms of mental disorders.
  • "What-to-Do" and "How-to-Help": The importance of early detection and intervention for mental disorders in children and what services are provided by Riverbend Center for Mental Health.

Amy Rutledge is the Special Education teacher at Threadgill Elementary School in Sheffield, AL. (Grades K-2) and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. She will be presenting a two-part session:

  • "Adapting Activities for the Unique Needs of Children and Making Successful Transitions": This session will explain easy ways to adapt activities to address the unique needs of each child in your program. A focus will be on the strengths of the child and what is required to help a child feel success in the classroom. Also, the importance of transition planning for preschool students with special needs who are entering a kindergarten classroom will be addressed.
  • Make-and-take activity: The second part of the session will allow participants to engage in a make-and-take activity related to adapting activities for children's unique needs.

This seminar is made possible through the Alabama Department of Human Resources Quality Enhancement Project.

February 9, 2010 -- NW-SCC to hold several Financial Aid Workshops in February

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, AL. -- Northwest-Shoals Community College will hold six financial aid workshops across Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale and Lawrence County during the month of February. The workshops will assist high school seniors and their parents with applying for college financial aid.
NW-SCC Financial Aid Director, Joel Parris, will present information on various forms of financial assistance for attending any college or university. Upcoming workshops:

  • Feb. 9th Vina High School
  • Feb. 16th Lawrence County High School (co-sponsored by Educational Talent Search)
  • Feb. 16th Waterloo High School
  • Feb. 23rd NW-SCC Financial Aid Night, Muscle Shoals Campus (co-sponsored by Educational Talent Search)
  • Feb. 25th Florence High School
  • March 1st Wilson High School

All events are for high school seniors and parents. For more information related to any of the upcoming financial aid workshops or college financial aid possibilities, contact the Financial Aid Office on the Shoals Campus at 256.331.5369 or on the Phil Campbell Campus at 256.331.6332.

February 5, 2010 -- NW-SCC Announces March 5th Deadline for 2010-2011 Scholarship Applications

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, AL. -- Northwest-Shoals Community College is now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year. The scholarship application deadline has been set for March 5, 2010.
Northwest-Shoals scholarships are competitively awarded based on criteria such as academic success, demonstrated leadership, community service and financial need. Scholarships available include:

  • High School Academic
  • Applied Technology
  • Art
  • College Foundation
  • Student Leadership - SGA, Ambassadors, College Bowl, Clubs and Organizations
  • GED Graduate
  • Performing Arts - Vocal & Instrumental
  • Jump Start Summer Scholarships (priority date: April 1st)
  • Opportunity Scholarships (open deadline)

All students interested in applying for a scholarship must also complete and submit a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

February 2, 2010 -- Northwest-Shoals to host the Alabama Scholastic Competition

Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) will be hosting the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association (ASCA), District High School Scholar's Bowl competition. The district competition will be held on Friday, February 19, 2010 at the Phil Campbell Campus.
The tournament will consist of 10 high schools in Northwest Alabama competing against each other to earn the chance to participate in the Regional & State Tournaments to be held later this spring.
The ten (10) schools competing are as follows:

  1. Belgreen High School
  2. Brooks High School
  3. Florence High School
  4. Hamilton High School
  5. Lexington High School
  6. Muscle Shoals High School
  7. Russellville High School
  8. Sheffield High School
  9. Waterloo High School
  10. Wilson High School

Teams will be randomly grouped into two pools for round robin play. The winner and runner-up from each pool will advance to the regional competition to be held on March 13, 2010.
The regional tournament will have 16 teams to advance to the State Tournament on April 9, 2010 at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham. The 16 teams will then be divided into two random pools of eight. The top two teams from each pool play a single-elimination tournament to determine the champion and the three runners-up.
The Alabama Scholastic Competition Association (ASCA) recognizes the brightest high school and middle school minds in the state and is dedicated to honoring their academic achievements.


January 26, 2010 -- Northwest-Shoals to Host 16th Annual, Choral Experience

Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College announces Choral Experience 2010. This is the college’s 16th year of providing vocal training for local high school students.
“The Chorale Experience has become a tradition we hope will continue for years to come. This is our 16th year of hosting the event and we are very pleased with the participation and success we have experienced,” stated Jeff McAlister, Workshop Director & Vocal Technician.
Choral Experience 2010 will be a one-day event providing intensive training in the form of a vocal/choral workshop. The workshop will feature a performance by the mass high school choir as well as several choral works. Students will have the opportunity to interact with other choral students from the area, enjoy lunch while being entertained by the Northwest-Shoals Jazz Band and get acquainted with the college and its students. The day's activities will culminate with a performance by the Northwest-Shoals Chorale.
Choral Experience 2010 will be held at the Phil Campbell campus in the Lou B. Bevill Fine Arts Center, on Friday, February 12, 2010. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. Admission will be $23.00 per student and will include the workshop, lunch, and a souvenir tee shirt. Lunch is complimentary for choral directors. Chaperones may choose to have lunch with the students at a cost of $5.00, which will be collected when being served.
Those outstanding seniors selected by each choral director will also be given a certificate as well as the first opportunity to audition for scholarships on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
This special event provides each student with an opportunity to showcase his or her talents while at the same time enjoying those of others. “Hopefully, it will again generate excitement for choral music in our schools and result in additional recognition for deserving students,” stated McAlister.
For additional information, please contact Jeff McAlister, Workshop Director & Vocal Technician, at 256.331.6299.

NWSCC Chorale 2009-2010


January 21, 2010 -- NW_SCC Offers a Free Class to 2010 High School Graduates

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, Ala. -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) is providing a “Jump Start” on education for the 2010 graduating class. This summer scholarship program is designed to help graduating seniors get an early start on college by awarding them one free class.
Each year thousands of dollars selected for Federal Financial Aid (Pell Grant) go untapped. “This program is intended to help students apply for the unused funds,” stated Joel Parris, NW-SCC Financial Aid Director. “These funds along with the summer scholarship program are selected to help college freshmen prepare for their future while saving time and money. We want to encourage students to apply early for Federal Aid. Those not receiving Federal Aid will still be eligible for summer scholarships,” stated Parris.
Students who graduate from high school in spring 2010 with the Credit-based, Standard and Advanced High School Diploma are eligible to apply. The scholarship has no effect on any other financial aid and it will not affect plans to attend another school in the fall. To qualify for the free tuition scholarship, students should complete the following by the priority deadline of April 1, 2010:

  1. Complete the 2009-2010 Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form using 2008 income information. This application can be submitted online at or through the mail.
  2. Complete the NW-SCC application for admission. The application is obtainable from the high school counselor or at NW-SCC. There is no application fee.
  3. Approximately three weeks after submitting your financial aid forms, all students should contact the NW-SCC Financial Aid office for further assistance. Those not qualifying for Financial Aid will be eligible to apply for a summer scholarship.

Once this process is completed, the student will then receive information on college placement testing, advising and registration for the 2010 summer semester.  Students taking advantage of the “Jump Start” program will be given the opportunity to register early for academic, technical, day, evening or online courses. 
For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office on the Shoals Campus at 256.331.5368 or on the Phil Campbell Campus at 256.331.6332.

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