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Wor-Wic Tuition Plan Approved by Wico. Council

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - A plan to help recent Wicomico County high school graduates pay for tuition as Wor-Wic Community College was approved Tuesday morning by the Wicomico County Council.

The Economic Impact Scholarship program run by Wicomico County would help students fill in the gaps when paying to attend Wor-Wic. High school seniors who graduated from a Wicomico County high school this year, have been a county resident for at least the past two years, and who enroll in Wor-Wic this fall would be eligible for the program.  Other requirements include scheduling a full 12 credits, and maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA.  And finally, a student must have applied for federal financial aid prior to applying for the scholarship money from Wicomico County.  If all of those requirements were met, the county would foot the remainder of the bill for a student to attend Wor-Wic.  

Last week, the County Council wanted to include a household income cap requirement as well.  The council decided any student in a household that makes less than $110,000 would be eligible.  Tuesday morning, prior to approving the plan, the household income cap was lowered by the council.  Now, any student in a household that earns less than $75,000 can apply for financial help from the county.

Wor-Wic President Dr. Ray Hoy told WBOC that he was thrilled the program is getting started.  However, he worries that many students will be left out because of the $75,000 cap.

"The reduction in the income level to $75,000 is obviously going to exclude a lot of individuals," he said. "One of the purposes behind the program is to increase the level of education in the community.  But, another purpose was to reduce the brain drain."

The scholarship program will be available to students enrolling this fall into Wor-Wic.

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