September 13, 2021 – Shelton State Community College (SSCC) and the University of West Alabama (UWA) are working together to pave the way for SSCC students to transfer seamlessly and earn academic and housing scholarships at UWA. The two institutions will make this agreement official at a signing on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. in the SSCC Martin Campus Atrium. Members of the media are invited to attend.
This agreement allows UWA and Shelton State to have a clearly defined transfer process and enhanced communication with students regarding transfer from the community college to UWA. This includes academic advising and scholarship opportunities.
“This agreement is simply our latest effort toward enhancing relationships throughout our community,” stated SSCC President Brad Newman. “Our vision is being realized in so many ways, and we couldn’t be more excited to add this to the list!”
“Providing a pathway for students to further their education, thereby enhancing their quality of life, is at the forefront of UWA’s mission,” said Dr. Ken Tucker, UWA President. “The structure of partnerships like we’ve formed with Shelton State helps students navigate the transfer process while finding the educational opportunities at UWA that best fit their already successful path.”
Through the agreement, students at Shelton State with a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) and 45 credit hours are guaranteed admission. Likewise, students who complete their associate degree at Shelton State are guaranteed admission.
As students navigate their transfer, academic advising will be offered by both schools, a step that will help ensure students follow a purposeful path in their studies with academic and career goals in mind.
Academic scholarships are available from UWA to any eligible student transferring from Shelton State. These stackable scholarships range from $3,000 to $4,000 per year and are renewable for up to four consecutive semesters. To be eligible for the academic scholarship, a transfer student must have a 3.0 or higher GPA.
Additionally, students transferring from Shelton State and meeting the criteria to have received academic scholarships will be eligible to apply for scholarships through UWA Housing, receiving $2,000 for the first year to encourage and support campus residency.
A vital member of the Alabama Community College System, Shelton State Community College is committed to creating new opportunities for West Alabama. “With a renewed focus on meeting the needs of its customers, the College offers innovative solutions and an enhanced approach to customized education, training, and community impact,” states President Brad Newman. “Collectively, we will be excellent in each!”
Be part of the new vision for our shared community. Visit sheltonstate.edu to learn more or apply.