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Students can apply for scholarships by March 5

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This semester about 77 scholarships are being offered to students with awards ranging from $500 to $2,500. Students can find information on scholarships on the Moorpark College website or visit the scholarship office, located on the second floor in Fountain Hall 210C. Photo credit: Martin Bilbao

This semester about 77 scholarships are being offered to students with awards ranging from $500 to $2,500. Students can find information on scholarships on the Moorpark College website or visit the scholarship office, located on the second floor in Fountain Hall 210C. Photo credit: Martin Bilbao

This semester about 77 scholarships are being offered to students with awards ranging from $500 to $2,500. Students can find information on scholarships on the Moorpark College website or visit the scholarship office, located on the second floor in Fountain Hall 210C. Photo credit: Martin Bilbao

By Dennise Cardenas

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Students can apply for thousands of dollars in scholarships by March 5.

The process of signing up for scholarships can be a bit intimidating, but it’s very easy once a student gets going, scholarship technician Maria Perez-Medeiros said.

“I encourage students to come in and I’ll walk you through the process,” said Perez. “Even my student assistant will walk you through the process.”

This semester about 77 scholarships are being offered to students with awards ranging from $500 to $2,500. With the rising cost of education in recent decades, scholarship opportunities like these can have a real impact on how much students have to pay. Perez states that receiving scholarships looks really good on students’ transcripts. Each scholarship has its own criteria on how to qualify.

The process starts by filling out a questionnaire, writing an essay, having a letter of recommendation from a professor and finally uploading unofficial transcripts. More detailed instructions for applying for scholarships is stated in Perez’s newsletter for students, which students can sign up for in her office.

The different types of scholarships are also found in the newsletter and will soon be posted around campus such as the library, the scholarship website and on the my.vcccd portal. Perez states that not only will there be scholarships through the Moorpark College foundation but there will also be many from outside organizations and even professors at Moorpark College.

“I make sure that students apply to these scholarships,” said Perez. “The worst answer you can get is ‘no, you didn’t qualify this time, but we can review on how to improve yourself for next time.’ Just apply because you never know what you could be qualified for if you don’t try,” said Perez.

Moorpark student Elvira Hernandez, 20, Child Development and Psychology major, stated today’s age education is extremely expensive and to many students it’s a hard thing to grasp because of financial reasons. Applying for scholarships can help with books and supplies needed to achieve the field of study that students are working on.

“The process of applying for scholarships is hard, but at the same time it’s not,” said Hernandez. “It just depends on what you’re looking for, what the requirements are and whether or not you meet them.”

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 5, while professor recommendations need to be in by March 1.

“It is strongly encouraged to give professors at least a three-week notice for these letters as they do take time,” said Perez.

For any more information about scholarships visit the website or scholarship office, located on the second floor in Fountain Hall 210C.

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