Hudson County Community College Announces Hudson County Government Scholarships Will Cover Tuition and Fees

Posted: 6/10/2013
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061 -- Roger Jones, 201-200-1080 rj@j-a-c.com
JERSEY CITY, N.J. / June 10, 2013 — Hudson County Community College President Dr. Glen Gabert announced the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders will award scholarships to deserving students pursuing their college degree at the College on a full-time basis.

“This is an extraordinarily generous program from our Freeholders,” Dr. Gabert stated. “Freeholder Chairperson Anthony L. Romano, and Freeholders Dr. Doreen DiDomenico and Jeffrey Dublin worked diligently with the College’s administration and their fellow Freeholders — Vice Chairperson Jose Muñoz, Chairperson Pro-Tempore Thomas Liggio, Albert J. Cifelli, Esq., William O’Dea, Tilo Rivas and Eliu Rivera — to determine the best means of meeting the needs of our students, and the criteria that will make this scholarship program most effective.”

The Hudson County Government Scholarship program was established to provide Hudson County residents with the education and skills that are needed in today’s highly competitive, global career and economic markets. The scholarships provide financial assistance that bridges the gap between the College’s tuition and fees and the support available through other financial aid programs.

“The members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders know that the best way to ensure the ongoing growth and vitality of Hudson County is to encourage academic achievement,” said Freeholder Chairperson Romano. “These scholarships will cover the cost of tuition and fees for students who have the ability and determination to successfully pursue a degree, but personally do not have the economic means to do so.”

The Hudson County Government Scholarship program is open to new and returning, full-time Hudson County Community College students. The scholarships cover tuition and fees (excludes textbooks) and may be applied to the College’s Fall and Spring terms. There is a three-year — or six-semester — limit on scholarships so long as the student remains in good academic standing. The scholarships may not be applied to cover prior balances with the College.

The Hudson County Government Scholarship guidelines and eligibility requirements include:
• Applicants must reside in Hudson County.
• Applicants must meet the standard admission requirements for HCCC.
• Applicants must be enrolled full-time and maintain a grade point average of 2.75.
• Applicants will be required to apply for financial aid and use all other aid and scholarships for which they are eligible before being considered for the Hudson County Government Scholarship.
• The annual deadline for completed scholarship applications to be received at the College is August 1, 2013.

Dr. Gabert said that despite everyone’s best efforts, the cost of higher education is increasing, while the amount of financial aid is decreasing and the criteria for obtaining financial aid is becoming more stringent and difficult. “Our Chosen Board of Freeholders recognizes the bind that many of our students are in, and how it impedes their ability to attain their academic goals,” he stated. “The Freeholders also recognize that the future success of the County is dependent upon the education of our residents. We applaud our Freeholders’ efforts, and thank them for all they do for our students and the College.”

Information about the Hudson County Government Scholarship and the application form are available online at www.hccc.edu/governmentscholarship or by writing to the Vice President for the North Hudson Center & Student Affairs, ATTENTION: HCGS, 4800 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ 07087.