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Highland Awards First Scholarships for Dual Credit Students at HCC West

The Highland Community College Foundation awarded two area high school students with scholarships aimed at helping them complete dual credit courses at the Highland West campus. Seth Carroll from Stockton High School and Michael Ambrosia from River Ridge High School are the Foundation�s first dual credit scholarship recipients.

The HCC Foundation awards over $300,000 in scholarships annually, however this will mark the first time in its history that it is helping current high school students earn college credit.

According to Thompson Brandt, associate dean of humanities and social sciences at Highland Community College, the idea to provide this type of scholarship first arose last spring in discussions regarding HCC West�s Dual Credit Program. The College wanted to assist and reward the students participating in the dual credit program. The Foundation agreed to award a $1,000 scholarship each fall and spring semester to support this effort.

Current students eligible for the dual credit scholarship are from River Ridge, Scales Mound and funny pictures Stockton High Schools. The scholarship criteria includes high school transcripts, Highland Community College transcripts, class ranking and an essay. These factors were weighed equally to determine the recipients.

Cheryl Carroll, mother of recipient Seth Carroll, appreciates for the dual credit program. �This [program] will give [Seth] an opportunity to earn college credits while completing his high school credits. The first semester at College can be hard, so this should give him a good start.�

�Seth wasn�t sure about a career choice but does have an interest in possibly being a middle or elementary school teacher. The dual credit program offers basic education courses including psychology and history to help him towards this goal,� she added.

This fall Highland Community College offered Plants and Society and Introduction to Psychology as dual credit classes at HCC West. Beginning in January, US History I and Introduction to Music will be offered.

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