August 11, 2009


NACC Receives $15,995 in Scholarship Money from Wired Grant

Northeast Alabama Community College will receive $15,955 in scholarship money to cover full tuition for the fall semester for students interested in majoring in pre-engineering. Scholarship applicants may be incoming freshmen or currently enrolled students.

The $500,000 in funding for the scholarships was provided by the Tennessee Valley region’s Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant from the US Department of Labor. Funds were made available to 13 two- and four-year institutions in Alabama and Tennessee for the 2009-2010 academic year. Calhoun Community College in Decatur serves as the fiscal agent for the grant and is responsible for administrative oversight of the project.

Selection criteria for the WIRED STEM Scholarship for students include:

• Student must be a US citizen or have permanent status
• Student must reside in one of the 23-counties designated in the Tennessee Valley WIRED region
• Student must complete the Participant Form as required by the US Department of Labor and intake form indicating county of residence
• Student must designate Pre-Engineering as the major Program of Study
• Students must be enrolled full time and maintain full-time status throughout the fall semester during which the scholarship is awarded (12 hours or more)
• Scholarships may be full or partial scholarships and may be used for tuition only
• Students receiving college credit must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 from high school or GPA of 2.75 for existing college coursework.

“We are very pleased to have obtained this funding for scholarships,” stated NACC President David Campbell. “All the projections for our workforce area are showing that engineers are in great demand and will continue to be so in the future, particularly in the Huntsville area. These scholarships will help students get a start in an engineering career, and at the same time help fill an important workforce need.”

Information and application forms are available from Susan Barron, Scholarships Coordinator, in Room 205 of the Pendley Administration Building (phone ext 248, e-mail, and Greg Millican, Division Director of Math and Science in Room 123 of the Math and Science Building (phone ext. 408, e-mail