President’s Update

Dr. Jonathan Bullock, Lake Land College President

Before you leave for a well-deserved holiday break, I ask you to do three things: register for spring classes, complete the FAFSA and apply for a Lake Land College scholarship. All three of these steps will position you for success in the new year.
Register, register, register! If you have already registered – thank you! All the information you need to get started for spring semester is in your Advisement Page on the Laker Hub. By registering for your classes now, we can more accurately plan for the beginning of the spring semester and cancel as few classes as possible.
As soon as the spring semester starts, we will begin planning for summer and fall terms. We ask you to do the same! I encourage you to complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA. It’s available now for the 2017-2018 school year at fafsa.gov. You can use your 2015 tax information and Lake Land’s code, 007644.
It is important that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible, as financial aid is often awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. We want you to be among the first in the applicant pool for any awards for which you qualify.
Another resource you should consider is a Lake Land College Foundation scholarship. Last year the Foundation awarded 341 scholarships averaging $900 each, covering about 25 percent of a student’s average annual tuition and fees.
The user-friendly form for 2017-2018 is located online at lakelandcollege.edu/col/scholarships and is due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 1. There are four questions you should be prepared to answer with a 100-word response for each. They are:

  1. Describe your career aspirations and your educational plans to meet these goals
  2. Explain how you have helped your family and/or made your community a better place to live.
  3. Describe your financial situation and how a Foundation Scholarship can help you achieve your educational goals.
  4. Describe a significant change or experience that has occurred in your life. How did you respond and what did you learn about yourself?

I know this can be a very busy and stressful time of the year for you. As you navigate through this final stretch in the semester, please take time to keep yourself healthy and remember our faculty and staff are here to help. Whether you need a bit of assistance with your day-to-day academic activities or some guidance planning for the exciting future that lies ahead, we are here to help. I wish you great success on your finals and an enjoyable holiday break filled with family, friends and relaxation.

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