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ECC awards Jam the Gym scholarships

Jam the Gym winners

Five $500 scholarships, ECC Student Store/Bookstore gift cards, and bags full of “cool stuff” were awarded when Ellsworth Community College hosted area high school seniors for Jam the Gym on Feb. 13. The scholarship winners included Mindy Bethke of Hartley, Hunter Black of Durant, Justin Devin of Knoxville, Lane Judy of Eddyville, and Kyle Schmitt of Van Meter.

Gift card winners were Nathan Brown of River Ridge, Keeli Harmon of Southeast Polk, Jordan Mulford of Iowa Falls, and Britt Richards of Madrid. Gift bag winners were Grace Belin of Wellman; Odalis Cruz of Iowa Falls, Jalen Hunter of Indianola; JaNiah Jones of Rock Island, IL; and Mitchell Paeper of Waterloo.

In addition to the scholarships and prize giveaways, more than 30 high school students and their families received help completing their FAFSA forms, which are required for college financial aid and scholarship eligibility.

“This was a great turnout, especially for the FAFSA help,” said Sydni Fenner, ECC Admissions & Financial Aid Specialist. “We had nearly every computer in the lab busy with high school students and parents receiving assistance in completing those FAFSA forms. Having that done by mid-February gives those students a great advantage in terms of completing paperwork for college applications and financial aid assistance, as well as qualifying for scholarships.”

Fenner adds that high school students who were unable to attend Jam the Gym can still contact the ECC Financial Aid Office for FAFSA assistance. The toll-free phone number is 800-322-9235.

Students or parents may contact ECC individually, but it’s best if the student and at least one parent or guardian come together to complete the FAFSA. Families should bring (for both the student and parent) the following: Social Security number(s), driver’s license number(s), and dates of birth; most recent federal and state tax returns; W-2 forms or other records of income earned last year; current bank statements and investment records; records of untaxed income received last year; 2015 business and farm records; and alien registration numbers (if not a U.S. citizen).

Students and parents may also register in advance for a Federal Student Aid ID and password, required to electronically sign the forms and make future changes.

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