July 13, 2022 – Shelton State Community College Adult Education recently hosted a signing event for two students accepting financial awards. Millicent White Duncan and Kellie Gunter were each selected for $500 scholarships as regional recipients of awards from the Alabama Association for Public Continuing and Adult Education (ALAPCAE), a non-profit organization that encourages students to obtain high school equivalency and pursue higher education.
Ms. Duncan received the Dr. Naomi Scales High School Diploma Option (HDSO) Scholarship Award after working to earn remaining credits needed to obtain her high school diploma from the Birmingham City Schools. She earned credits by passing parts of the official GED Test and stacking a National Career Readiness credential with a forklift operator certificate. To qualify for an opportunity like Duncan’s, the HDSO option at Shelton State has two tracks for applicants who are 19 years of age or older. Track one students must have completed all credits required to graduate and only lack their graduation exam. Track two students must have completed a minimum of ten high school credits.
Ms. Gunter received the Pete Turnham GED Scholarship for the region. This award is given annually to a single student within the state’s nine regions. Named after dedicated adult education advocate and Alabama House of Representatives member Pete Benton Turnham (1920-2019), Ms. Gunter earned this distinction upon her GED Graduation in May of 2022.
In addition to their previously mentioned achievements, Duncan and Gunter were awarded one-year tuition waivers from Shelton State to cover expenses associated with their first year of higher education.
“Adult Education is about second chances or alternative routes to reaching dreams,” stated SSCC Adult Education Director Kristen Bobo. “We are so proud of the hard work represented by the successes of these two students, and we are genuinely grateful to have been a part of their journeys.”
Shelton State Adult Education covers Bibb and Tuscaloosa Counties. For more information about Shelton State Adult Education, contact Kristen Bobo at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit sheltonstate.edu.