GILLETTE, Wyo. — Gillette College is offering current and prospective students scholarships of up to $6,000 if they need help paying for daycare so they can enroll in a degree, credit diploma or certificate program.
Gillette Community College District VP of Administration/CFO Anne Larsen said the Wyoming Department of Family Services, which received funding through the American Rescue Plan Act, has provided the college $206,417.86 to help community college students during the 2022-2023 school year. Each semester, $100,000 will be available to students, she said. Larsen said college staff believe offering the scholarships will allow more opportunities for students to attend college.
Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s best to sign up quickly, she said. So far, the college has received about seven applications, which requested around $40,000, so roughly $60,000 remains to be disbursed, she said. Administrators hope the remaining funding will be designated for students by the time of the college census, she said.
Students will be notified within about a week of when they apply whether they will receive a child care assistance grant, Larsen said. Then, if they’re still enrolled at the college after the college conducts its federally mandated internal census, they will receive the funding, around mid-October.
To be eligible for assistance, students must be enrolled in a Gillette Community College District degree, credit diploma or certificate program for the fall 2022 semester. They can’t be solely enrolled in dual and/or concurrent courses, a non-degree program, or life enrichment or professional development courses.
Applicants must be experiencing at least one of the following due to child care costs: underemployment or unemployment, reduced college course load, reduced credits or risk of reduced credits earned in the prior academic term or cost-prohibitive child care.
Grant amounts are based on the student’s enrollment level and number and age of children at time of award, a Gillette College flier said.
Grants will be prorated at the following amounts: 100% for 12+ credits, 75% for nine to 11 credits, 50% for six to eight credits and 25% for one to five credits, according to the flier.
Students who receive fall child care stipends will still be eligible for a spring stipend, Larsen said. She said stipend recipients sign agreements that they need the money and will remain enrolled at the college through the semester.
To apply for assistance or get more information, call 307-681-6000 or visit the college, which is at 300 W. Sinclair St., Gillette.
Anyone interested in setting up another form of scholarship can set up a scholarship or donate to a specific need through Gillette College Foundation here.