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Scholarship Expansion Helps Del. Tech Part-Time Students

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - Governor Jack Markell announced this week an expansion to a scholarship for students at Delaware Technical Community College that would allow part-time students to take advantage as well.

Since 2007, the SEED program, or Student Excellence Equals Degree, awarded students with a 2.5 GPA that stayed out of trouble two years tuition. The caveat however was they needed to be full-time students. Now, the program is expanded to include part-time students, or students who take fewer than 12 credits per semester.

Kelci Dykes is studying elementary education and is getting ready to graduate this May, a success she said she attributes greatly to her SEED scholarship.

"Not having to worry so much about paying for school is really a motivator for most of us," she said. "And we don't have to worry about paying all of our tuition and we don't get discouraged easily."

Dykes added that she believes the expansion of the program will help more students achieve the same success.

"I know several people who've had to drop out of school because they need to work," she explained. "Like I said, life happens, situations, and you need the money and school just can't go on."

The expansion is something campus director Dr. Ileana Smith said broadens access to education.

"It shouldn't be either or," she said. "It shouldn't be either work or study."

Since its induction, SEED has helped 16,000 students. Dr. Smith said the reason it will finally included part-time students is because the rate of success needed to be evaluated.

"Like anything, the program has demonstrated outcomes," she explained. "It has demonstrated that it helps prepare Delaware's workforce, and now we have a track record and we know barriers, and we can focus on those barriers and make it better."
 

The SEED program falls under the "Delaware "Promise" that by 2025, the percentage of Delawareans with a college degree will match the percentage of jobs that require one.

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