August 5, 2010

Holtz Scholarship Helps Students Facing Hardship

Lou Holtz

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Legendary football coach Lou Holtz has established a scholarship fund at Indiana Tech after speaking at the university’s 2010 Commencement and getting to know the Indiana Tech community. The Lou Holtz Persistence Scholarship will assist students in the College of Professional Studies who are experiencing a temporary economic hardship.

A maximum of $5,000 will be awarded each year through the Lou Holtz Persistence Scholarship. Each scholarship will be worth $500 and will be used to bring a student’s existing balance current or allow a student to continue with his or her next class.

“For adult students seeking a degree, the two biggest obstacles are usually time and money,” said Steve Herendeen, vice president of the College of Professional Studies. “Our accelerated format and online classes help with the time factor, but something unexpected like medical bills or loss of a job can put tuition out of reach. Mr. Holtz’s generosity will enable those students to stay focused on reaching their goal of earning a degree.”

The College of Professional Studies offers undergraduate and graduate programs in an accelerated format. The program is designed to accommodate nontraditional students who also have to balance work, family, and community responsibilities. Undergraduate courses are offered in nine five-week sessions per year, while graduate courses are offered in eight six-week sessions per year.

Students facing financial difficulties can choose not to enroll for a session; however this can slow their progress toward degree completion. The goal of the Lou Holtz Persistence Scholarship is to help students stay continuously enrolled so that they maintain momentum toward graduation.

To be eligible for the scholarship students must be enrolled as a full-time student in the College of Professional Studies. The student must provide a summary of their financial hardship and a plan for paying tuition in the future, as well as two reference letters.

The College of Professional Studies offers classes at the university’s main campus in Fort Wayne, as well as satellite facilities in Elkhart, Fishers, Greenwood, Huntington, Indianapolis, Kendallville, Mishawaka, Munster, Plainfield, and Warsaw. An office in New Albany will open this month.


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