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New scholarship provides students opportunity to earn associate degree faster and save money

PADUCAH, KY (08/10/2018) Current and new students at West Kentucky Community and Technical College can enroll in a new scholarship program to help them earn an associate degree faster and save money.

The 15 to Finish scholarship will pay $500 to students who successfully complete 15 credit hours in a semester and enroll for an additional 15 hours the next semester. Research shows the more hours students take, the more successful they are in college. They can graduate sooner, saving both time and money.

Beginning this fall, students could start earning $1,500 in scholarships on their way to an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree and up to $2,000 if they are pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree, which may take an additional semester.

"The 15 to Finish Scholarship provides students a dual benefit of completing their coursework in a cost effective and timely manner," said WKCTC President Anton Reece. "Our continuing pledge is to support our students' education and career goals and ultimately making the lives of our students better!"

The scholarship is another way WKCTC is helping increase Kentucky's higher education attainment levels. The Council on Postsecondary Education set a goal to raise the percentage of Kentuckians with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 60 percent by the year 2030. Achieving this goal is critical if the Commonwealth hopes to accelerate job creation, grow the economy and expand Kentucky's tax base through the contributions of a better-educated, productive workforce.