Wytheville Community College offers tuition assistance to all students regardless of major

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High School graduate students from Carroll, Galax, and Grayson Counties will have more incentives to pursue higher education in their community.

Destin Carpenter, of Grayson County, participated in the Twin County Community Foundation Community College Tuition Assistance Program this fall. (PHOTO: Courtesy WCC)

WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — High school students nearing graduation in Carroll, Galax, and Grayson Counties will soon have more incentives to pursue higher education in their community.

The Twin County Community Foundation in partnership with Wytheville Community College (WCC) is expanding its Tuition Assistance Program to high school graduates from surrounding counties who have at least a “B” grade point average.

For those graduates who meet the criteria, the foundation will pay 50 percent of any remaining balance, after financial aid awards have applied to tuition and fees, for five consecutive semesters.

“Our mission as a Foundation is to improve the health, education and welfare of area citizens and the expansion of this scholarship program is a tremendous step forward in that endeavor,” said Jane Patton, Chair of the Twin County Community Foundation Board.

WCC students in five selected health programs – dental hygiene, medical laboratory technician, nursing, physical therapy assistant, and practical nursing – have already received 100% tuition assistance since 2018.

The expansion of the scholarship program allows students in other areas to receive tuition assistance.

Enrolled WCC students who are awarded the scholarship must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA by the end of their first year at the college. They “must complete a minimum of 67 percent of classes at WCC to continue to receive the scholarship in their second year,” according to a statement from the school.

Prospective students can apply online for the scholarship or visit the WCC Educational Foundation office in Smyth Hall.

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