By Michelle Terris, Digital Communications Assistant
What are two things no college student can resist? Free food and a chance to win free money drew about 200 people to a barbecue event March 21 announcing the new Associated Students Scholarship Program.
The program consists of five new and two existing scholarships totaling $81,500. The scholarships will provide financial aid to about 50 SJSU students who excel academically and demonstrate leadership on campus or serve in their communities.
“When I ran for A.S. president, one of my main goals was to respond to the economic crisis we were facing with budget cuts to the CSU,” said A.S. President Tomasz Kolodziejak. “Associated Students decided the best way to do this was to offer tangible scholarships for our students.”
Students are encouraged to apply through the Financial Aid Scholarship Office by April 15. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,000 each year and are also available to international and AB 540 students. Awards will be announced May 15.
Funds for the scholarships came from interest accrued from A.S. reserves. Kolodziejak expects the program will sustain itself for years to come.
“We hope to see this scholarships fund increase every year,” he said.
For more information, call the SJSU Financial Aid Scholarship Office at (408) 283-7500 ext. 6 or visit http://www.sjsu.edu/faso.