Jess Lowe – Admissions Advisor Highlight

Hi!  My name is Jess Lowe and I am the High School Admissions Advisor for WVJC Morgantown and Online! I’ve been a part of the WVJC family for about a year and a half, and my favorite part of working here, aside from all the amazing students and families that I get to help, is working alongside such dedicated and caring faculty and staff.

I am the proud mom of 3 amazing kids and I have a strong belief that each new day provides the opportunity to do better than the day before, which usually means I’m in pursuit of some goal! Those goals vary, but are often related to exercise, eating healthy, reading a new book, or watching a documentary. I spend a lot of time with my family, enjoy music of any kind (except new country), and love to hike/ camp, read, bake, garden, and crochet. I’m super competitive and play a lot of card and board games with my family.

I absolutely love to explore and someday hope to spend my retirement traveling the continent in my Food Truck. This will allow me to fulfill my lifelong dream of living completely untethered to any particular place and meeting as many people and experiencing as many different cultures as possible.  My first stop is going to be Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver, Colorado. Stop by and let me know which other areas I should put on my bucket list.

If you are a high school senior, there is a good chance that you will meet with me on your journey toward college. If you have any questions about WVJC, would like to tour our campus, or need to know the next scholarship deadline, feel free to reach out to me at lowe.jessica@wvjc.edu. I look forward to meeting you!

Different Types Of Federal Student Aid

Financial aid can come from several sources to help you pay for college. These sources can be federal, state, school, and private sources. The U.S. Department awards over $120 billion dollars every year in grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans.  There are three different types of federal student aid.

  1. Grants and Scholarships – money you do not have to pay back
  2. Work Study – programs you can earn money through to help pay for your school
  3. Loans – money that you borrow for school that must be paid back

To see if you qualify for financial aid you should fill out the FAFSA at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

As a part of the admissions process at WVJC, every student has the opportunity to sit down with the Financial Aid director to help determine if they are going to be eligible for Financial Aid.  We also discuss the many scholarship opportunities.

There are so many different opportunities for scholarships, some great sources are:

https://www.imagine-america.org/

https://www.goodcall.com/scholarships/

WVJC Scholarships

Are you interested in gaining a quality education in just a few months without having to worry about breaking the bank? At WVJC, we offer 10 different scholarships for our students to help give them the peace of mind they need to focus on getting their degree!

Keep on reading to learn about all of our scholarships and discover which one is best for you and your needs!

We not only offer general scholarships for all of our students to take advantage of, but we also offer specific ones based on the program you decide on!

Note, our scholarships vary by campus, so some scholarships may not be available at the campus of your choice. Check the catalog of your campus of interest for information.

General Scholarships

No matter if you are a young adult looking to gain more skills for your career, or are a parent looking to get started on your next exciting journey, our general scholarships are for everyone!

  • Academic Success Scholarship
    Based on academic achievement and the credential level of each student.
  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship
    If you have a family member who is an alumnus of WVJC, you are eligible.
  • Career Enhancement Scholarship
    Are you an employee of a local business? We would love to help enhance your skills and boost your value to the workplace!
  • Friends of Coal Scholarship
    This scholarship is given to past and present coal company employees and their families.

Scholarships for Our Nursing Program Students

WVJC offers both registered nursing and practical nursing at select campuses.

  • Nurses Touch Lives Scholarship
    This scholarship is given to qualified nursing students who demonstrate great potential to succeed in a career in nursing.
  • Nursing Pathway Scholarship
    You can have the ability to receive this scholarship if you are a graduate of WVJC’s allied health programs and plan on pursuing a career in nursing.

Scholarships for Students Out of High School

If you are a high school senior or have just graduated, these scholarships are for you.

  • Community Awareness Scholarship
    If you have had an active role in helping make your community better, you are eligible to receive this scholarship.
  • Early Admission Scholarship
    This scholarship is available to high school students who apply to WVJC before November 15th for early admission.
  • Imagine America Scholarship
    Seniors who have been recommended by their guidance counselors can be awarded this scholarship.
  • Stephen A. Callen Memorial Scholarship
    Created in honor of WVJC founder Stephen Callen, this scholarship realizes his vision of promoting quality and affordable education to West Virginia residents.

Learn More About WVJC

We have three campus locations throughout West Virginia, as well as the option for online education in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania! Learn more about each campus, their associate degree and diploma program offerings, and more in the links below:

Be sure to check out other great articles, student features, and more on our WVJC blog!

 Ready to Start Your Future with WVJC?

Apply for a scholarship today to get started on your rewarding career. Be sure to reach out to our team if you have any questions about our programs, campuses, or anything else!

Scholarships or Grants…Which is better?

Both are great! Scholarships and grants are FREE money that you don’t have to pay back. The difference is who gives you the money.

A grant is a type of financial aid normally given by the government. One example is the Pell Grant. Pell Grants are normally given to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. Start to apply for this grant by filling out your FAFSA!

Scholarships are another form of financial aid given by organizations, companies, or corporations. Occasionally, you will have to write an essay or complete a task. Try asking the company you work for or your church about scholarship opportunities they have. There are so many scholarships available that has everybody has the opportunity to earn one. Some great websites to check out are:

https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarship-directory/school-year/high-school-senior-h-s-class-of-2018

https://www.nitrocollege.com/scholarships/minorities

https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/scholarships-for-adult-students/

West Virginia Junior College has many scholarship opportunities for our students!

  • Stephen A. Callen Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is named in honor of the founder of WVJC and recognizes his vision for offering West Virginians a quality and affordable education, leading to career and personal satisfaction.

 

  • Community Awareness Scholarship: This is awarded to eligible high school students who are committed to taking an active role in the betterment of the community.

 

  • Early Admission Scholarship: This is awarded to eligible high school students who complete the application process and deadlines prior to November 15th.

 

  • Imagine America Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to High School seniors who have been recommended by their guidance counselors.

 

  • Coal Miner scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to students that have an immediate family member that has worked in or is currently working in the coal mines.

 

  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to students with an immediate family member that has graduated from WVJC.

Scholarships and grants are both free money to help you pay for college! Apply for as many as you can.