NORFOLK – A Northeast Community College student has started her freshman year by earning a national career and technical scholarship for students who have faced adversity.
Emily Ellis, Pender, is one of 809 students nationally to receive the 2018 Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship.
Designed to assist students who have overcome challenges in their lives, the Horatio Alger Scholarship programs seek students who have demonstrated determination, integrity and perseverance as well as financial need. The organization honors over 1,800 scholars each year and has awarded approximately $125 million to approximately 20,000 since 1984.
At Northeast, Ellis is a participant in the TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO/SSS) program, an academic assistance program funded through TRIO grants by the US Department of Education. It consists of eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities. TRIO/SSS offers its students individual support, personal support and academic support throughout their academic careers.
“The TRIO/SSS program is aimed towards helping participants navigate college and work towards completion of their degree or certificate,” said Donna Neeman, director of TRIO Student Support Services at Northeast. “One of the numerous services we offer is providing information about scholarships and assisting our participants with completing scholarship applications. We aim to help our students walk away from their time at Northeast with as little debt as possible.”
Neeman said Ellis will be a welcome addition to the TRIO Program at Northeast.
“Emily is a breath of fresh air. Her personality will bring so much positive energy to campus this fall, and I’m very excited to see what she will accomplish at Northeast.”
Ellis is earning her associate of applied science degree in early childhood education at Northeast.