Legacy Scholars scholarship changes to improve college access for students

Portraits of students on promotional images from the Legacy Scholars program.

Kellogg Community College is pleased to announce enhancements to the Legacy Scholars scholarship program that will increase student access to funding and make it easier for Legacy Scholars students to enroll in college classes.

Legacy Scholars is a scholarship program offered through the Battle Creek Community Foundation that provides a KCC scholarship for eligible graduates of Battle Creek Public Schools, the Lakeview School District and Calhoun Community High School. The scholarship covers the cost of up to 62 credit hours of tuition, fees and a book stipend of $500 for four semesters at KCC, an approved trade school or registered apprenticeship program.

Program improvements, beginning this fall, include:

  • Improved access to Legacy Scholar funds. Previously, Legacy Scholars was a last-dollar scholarship, meaning students could not access Legacy Scholar funds until needs-based supplemental funding (such as financial aid) was exhausted. Now, students can use both the Legacy Scholars scholarship and financial aid to fund their education simultaneously, making it easier for them to cover the cost of food, transportation, housing and child care costs while in school.
  • A simplified, one-page enrollment form. The updated, one-time Legacy Scholars enrollment form is just one page long and submissions are open year-round. Additionally, the form contains no high school GPA requirements, letters of recommendation or essay submissions.

The coming improvements to the program are designed to decrease obstacles to Legacy Scholars enrollment and to ensure no eligible Legacy Scholars graduate is ever turned away. The Battle Creek Community Foundation, which administers the scholarship, estimates the changes will double the number of students able to receive tuition assistance via the program.

“The College is so excited about the positive impact that this will have on our students and our community,” KCC Dean Enrollment Services and Financial Aid Nikki Jewell said. “This change will allow for students to focus more on school and being successful.”

To be eligible for the Legacy Scholars program, students must have graduated from Battle Creek Public Schools, the Lakeview School District or Calhoun Community High School in the last five years, and must have begun their schooling in these districts no later than 10th grade.

KCC Admissions representatives are available to assist current or prospective Legacy Scholar students through the enrollment process, remotely or in person. Students can schedule a Legacy Scholars Admissions appointment online at kellogg.edu/legacy to learn more about the Legacy Scholars scholarship or enrollment process, to apply for admission to KCC, to register for classes or for assistance completing other enrollment-related processes.

For more information about using a Legacy Scholars scholarship at KCC, contact the College’s Admissions office at adm@kellogg.edu. For more information about the Legacy Scholars program in general, visit bccfoundation.org/legacy-scholars.

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