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CBCF offers technical/vocational scholarships to Bee, area workers
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Corpus Christi – In the Coastal Bend, there are critical shortages in both the number of qualified technical/vocational workers and scholarships available to local workers who wish to further their education to enhance their careers. To address these issues, the Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF) board of directors announces the availability of $100,000 in scholarships targeted for these individuals.

Named “Training for the Trades” this one-time grant will award approximately 50 scholarships to local residents already in the workforce for certificate programs at Del Mar College (DMC), Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend (CTC) and Coastal Bend College (CBC). Applicants do not need to be currently working in technical/vocational fields.

Beginning on May 1, interested workers can access scholarship eligibility/guidelines and application on the CBCF website, www.cbcfoundation.org or at the financial aid offices at DMC, CTC or CBC. Scholarship applications must be submitted to either DMC, CTC or CBC on or before Aug. 1. The scholarships are renewable for up to one additional term upon satisfactory completion of the first term.

“Coastal Bend Community Foundation is pleased to partner with CBC, CTC and DMC, to offer these scholarships,” said Karen Selim, president and CEO of the foundation. “We can think of no better way to enhance and improve the quality of life in the Coastal Bend than by enabling local residents to secure better jobs to provide for their families.”

Dr. Anne Matula, president of Craft Training Center, agreed, “These are life-changing scholarships to workers who want to advance their careers. Technical jobs are good for workers and good for the Coastal Bend.”

Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF) is an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) public charity serving the seven counties of the Coastal Bend Region of Texas - Aransas, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio.

Established in 1981 to help donors pool their charitable contributions and leverage their giving to benefit worthy causes in these counties, the foundation now has assets of $53 million. CBCF awarded grants totaling almost $3.3 million in 2012, including nearly $600,000 in scholarships. In addition to the annual scholarship program, CBCF makes annual grants to community nonprofit organizations, funded the 2012 special grant program “Spring for the Arts!” and is a founding partner in the highly successful annual Coastal Bend Day of Giving.

The conceptual components of “Training for the Trades” are summarized below:

• Awards

- Up to $1,000 per term granted for approximately 50 students attending Coastal Bend College (CBC), Craft Training Center (CTC) or Del Mar College (DMC).

- Beginning in fall 2013; the award may be renewed for an additional term.

- Awards paid directly to CBC, CTC or DMC. Funds can be used in support of the individual’s tuition, fees, textbooks, equipment and course supplies.

• Eligibility

- Resident of one of CBCF’s seven-county area with minimum of two-year residency in one or more of these counties

- Currently employed with proof of employment required, though employment need not be in a technical or vocational field.

- Demonstrate financial need through 2011 IRS Form 1040 or other means acceptable to the educational institution.

- Individual enrolled in or accepted into a qualifying program providing technical training leading to a certificate; bachelor’s or associate’s degree programs are not eligible.

• Application (in addition to basic information and financial information)

- Statement of goals/interest and significance of award to the applicant.

- Letter(s) of reference from employer, teacher, instructor, etc. (at least one required).

Proof of residency and proof of employment.

- No SAT/ACT scores required and no high school GPA required.

• Process

- Hard copy application received by CBC, CTC or DMC from May 1 to Aug. 1, 2013.

- Award winners to be selected by the scholarship committees of CBC, CTC or DMC. Awards paid directly to nonprofit educational institutions after notification to CBCF that students have been selected.
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