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This fall, Clarion University premiered its Golden Eagle Scholarship for transfer and adult students.

Awarded to 101 Pennsylvania students this year and totaling $65,500 for the fall semester, the scholarship is designed to ease the financial strain of non-traditional students. Students who meet financial criteria may qualify, as well as those completing 12 or more college-level credits with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

The scholarship, funded through university E&G funds, was initiated because of the university’s interest in rewarding and enrolling more college transfer students, who have a proven track record at the college level, according to Bill Bailey, dean of admissions. He noted that he believes Clarion University is one of the only universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to offer such a scholarship.

“The Golden Eagle Scholarship helped me in a couple of ways,” said junior Amanda Pries. “First of all, I was more financially secure as I paid off my tuition first semester. It helped me pay for books, too.” Pries combined her Golden Eagle Scholarship with an award from an organization in her hometown of Emporium. “With the funds from both of them put together, paying for college was a much easier experience.”

Golden Eagle Scholarships can be distributed as one-time awards or as renewable scholarships, depending on the recipient’s circumstances. Half of the annual aid is disbursed each semester and can be used for any academic-related needs.

“I am very thankful to have received this scholarship,” Pries said. “Programs like these represent the appreciation that Clarion has for its students.”

Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.

2/20/2013 11:01 AM

Golden Eagle Scholarship eases financial strain of non-traditional students