Scholarships become necessary

With recent tuition increases, scholarships have become more important to students.

Every semester students rely on their grade point averages, musical talents or writing skills to assist with finances.

Out of state fees can be a hassle for some students. Alisa Routh, recipient of the Tom Joyner Scholars award, couldn’t agree more.

Routh, 19, a Florida A&M University student from East Point, Ga., said she is an out-of-state student who has struggled to stay at the university.

“I remember, months before the scholarship was announced, crying because I did not know where I was going to get the funds to pay for my education,” Routh said.

Marie Rogers, a sophomore music education student, agrees. She said the full band scholarship she received in 2007 helped her out-of-state fees.

“My out-of-state fees were waived and Dr. White helps those who are reliable and hold up their end of the bargain,” said Rogers, a native of Atlanta, Ga.

There are different scholarships geared toward a specific purpose like being single mothers, siblings, and national merit.

While some students deal with the hassle of fees every semester, for others it’s not a problem. Lauren Farrar, a freshman criminal justice student and trombone player from Miami, received both a band and Bright Futures scholarship, which she admits took care of her academic fees, but did not leave anything for leisure activities. Farrar said she has her high school academic advisor to thank for the scholarship.

“My high school advisor made it a requirement for all seniors to apply,” she said.

According to, a 3.0 minimum grade point average, and a combined SAT score of 970 or ACT score of 20 is required for eligibility.

Professor Diron Holloway, FAMU’s assistant band director, said the band gives out a great number of scholarships every semester.

“The music department gives partial and full scholarships to in- and out-of-state students,” Holloway said. “It is usually based on their grade point average, merit and proficiency on their chosen instrument.”

For additional information, visit your academic advisor on campus or the countless websites dedicated to scholarships.