Highland Community College

Academic Department


HCC Academic Department Scholarships

Institutional scholarships and awards are primarily reserved for Kansas students attending classes on the main campus in Highland. Students attending the technical center and living on campus or with parents/guardians in Doniphan County are also eligible for institutional awards. Scholarships are not valid for online classes, whether or not a student is living on campus.

General Guidelines

  • All academic scholarships must be offered by May 15 for students starting the fall semester of that same year and October 15 for students starting in the spring semester.
  • Semester GPA requirements for all academic award/scholarships (with the exception of math/science) is 2.0. Math/Science semester GPA requirement is 2.8. More stringent GPA requirements within departments are allowed, but must be supervised by award sponsor.
  • Academic Award/Scholarships are renewable scholarships worth $1100 per semester towards books and tuition. Students with institutional scholarships must be enrolled in a minimum of 14 hours of on campus classes per semester. ** Starting fall 2017, all scholarships will pay for books and tuition.  
  • Semester GPA requirements for all technical awards is 2.0.


The HCC Agriculture department awards scholarships in the amount of $1100 per semester for those students interested in agriculture careers such as ag economics, animal science, agronomy, forestry, or other natural resources. Students are required to take 6 credit hours of ag courses per academic year and enroll in 14 credit hours per semester. Scholarship students must maintain an overall 2.0 GPA each semester and participate in the required ag activities in order to renew the scholarship. For a copy of HCC award criteria outlining exact procedures you may contact Clifford Hawk, Ag Instructor, 785-442-6067 or chawk@highlandcc.edu



The HCC Art department is dedicated to helping talented students gain a solid foundation in the areas of fine art and commercial design. We currently award scholarships in the amount of $1100 per semester to full time students interested in pursing a career in art or design. Scholarship recipients are required to be enrolled in at least two 3 hour studio art class each semester, assist with HCC Art Day, submit work and assist in the set-up of the annual HCC Student Honors Art Show, maintain a 3.0 GPA in art courses, and maintain a 2.0 GPA overall each semester. Students interested in applying for an art scholarship should contact Matt Leahy, Art and Design Instructor, 785-442-6086, mleahy@highlandcc.edu or Sam Perkins, Art and Computer Graphics Instructor, 785-442-6066, sperkins@highlandcc.edu.


Athletic Trainers

HCC's Athletic Training Department is looking for students who are interested in joining their student athletic training staff while continuing their education at HCC. The Athletic Training Department at HCC directs the health care delivery system used for all HCC student-athletes. Student athletic trainers receive a $1100 per semester scholarship. A minimum of 14 semester hours, an overall GPA of 2.0, and participation in one athletic training course per semester is required in order to renew both the student athletic training position and the scholarship each semester. Please contact Tia Collins, Athletic Trainer, 785-442-6049 or tcollins@highlandcc.edu for more information.



The Business Department at Highland Community College offers $1100 scholarships per semester to full-time students interested in a career in Business. Students need to enroll in 6 credits of business each semester, maintain a grade average of "C" or above in all business classes, maintain a 2.0 GPA overall, and be an active member of one of the business clubs available on campus. Please contact Laura Young, Business Instructor, for more information at lyoung@highlandcc.edu or 785-442-6138.



The Scottie Cheerleaders perform at all home football and basketball games. This spirit group at HCC is composed of cheerleaders, yell leaders, and a mascot. These individuals work together to lead cheers and promote school spirit. Scholarships in the amount of $1100 per semester are awarded through a try-out. Cheerleaders, yell leaders, and mascots must maintain a 2.0 GPA overall and enroll in the practice class and weight training class assigned to that group. For more information, please contact Kelly Twombly, Spirit Squads Head Coach, 785-442-6022 or ktwombly@highlandcc.edu.


Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Department offers $1100 per semester scholarships for students interested in law enforcement, corrections, court services, victim advocacy, pre-law, etc. The scholarship requirements include, a semester GPA of 2.0, at least one CJ course per semester, enrollment in 1-credit hour CJ Practicum and participation in departmental sponsored community service projects. The scholarship is renewable for four subsequent semesters excluding summers and in adherence with the aforementioned criteria. For more information, please contact John Grube, Criminal Justice Instructor, 785-442-6094 or eketchum@highlandcc.edu.


Dance Team

The Classy Lassies Dance Team performs at all home football and basketball games. This performance group emphasizes developing technical and choreography skills used in performance. Scholarships in the amount of $1100 per semester are awarded through auditions. A dance team student must maintain a 2.0 GPA overall and enroll in the practice class and weight training class assigned to the dance group. For more information, please contact Kelly Twombly, Spirit Squads Head Coach, 785-442-6022 or ktwombly@highlandcc.edu.


Doniphan County Trustees Award

The Doniphan County Trustees Award may be awarded to any student graduating from a Doniphan County High School (Doniphan West, Riverside, or Troy). As a graduate of one of these schools, a student can automatically qualify for $1100 in HCC scholarship money per semester.

Students are required to enroll full time on the main campus at Highland, enroll in a minimum of 14 credit hours per semester (excluding online hours), and maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 or higher (excluding online hours).

Students attending the Technical Center in Atchison and living on campus or with a parent in Doniphan County may also qualify for the Trustees Award.

The Trustee Award may not be combined with any other HCC scholarship.

Students attending the Highland campus with the Trustees Award must select one of the following areas in which to participate:

  • Agriculture
  • Early Childhood
  • Athletic Training
  • Music (Instrumental)
  • Art Music (Vocal)
  • Business
  • Personal Training
  • Criminal Justice
  • Photography
  • Education
  • Theater

The student must maintain the specific requirements of the chosen academic department in addition to the general institutional guidelines stated above.

All academic scholarships must be accepted by May 15 for students starting the fall semester of that same year and October 15 for students starting the following spring semester.

Please contact Cheryl Rasmussen, Vice President of Student Services, at crasmussen@highlandcc.edu or call 785-442-6020 for more information about the Doniphan County Trustees Award.



HCC’s Education Department awards worth $1100 per semester for Kansas residents who graduate from high school with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and want to pursue a career in education. The student must enroll in Introduction to Education as well as Lab 1 & 2. In addition students wanting to maintain this scholarship must be an active member of the education club and maintain a 2.0 GPA while enrolled at HCC. For more information, please contact Lisa Parsons at 785-442-6147 or lparsons@highlandcc.edu


Early Childhood

Early Childhood awards books and tuition scholarships for Kansas residents who:

  1. Pass a Criminal Background Screening and maintain a clean criminal record.
  2. Enroll in at least two Early Childhood courses per semester (excluding summer).
  3. Enroll in 14 or more credit hours per semester on the Main Highland Campus. Preference is given to those currently working with young children.
  4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall, and 2.5 GPA in Early Childhood coursework.
  5. Work in the Early Childhood Program Office 10 hours per semester.
  6. Student progress is evaluated by the Program Coordinator.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successfully complete all Early Childhood Courses.
  • Successfully complete ECH 250 Early Childhood Practicum with a B or better.
  • Successfully complete all of the required coursework for the Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood from Highland Community College, and fulfill all of the requirements for a degree from Highland.

For more information, please contact Eleanor Hensley at 785-442-6084 or ehensley@highlandcc.edu.



The Math/Science Department of Highland Community College offers academic scholarships to students who are presently enrolled in math and science courses in high school. To receive a scholarship, students must have an ACT math score of 22 or an ACT science score of 20, maintain a minimum course load of 14 hours, enroll in a minimum of one College Level (College Algebra or higher) math or science course each semester, and maintain a 2.8 overall GPA each semester. If you are considering attending HCC and would like more information about a math/science departmental scholarship, please contact Michelle Hurn at 785-442-6075 or mhurn@highlandcc.edu


Media Technology

The Media Technology Award is given to outstanding new students who are interested in pursuing a career in media technology.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: photographing campus events, designing and creating HCC yearbook, editing images/videos for community cable station, and other projects as needed. Media Technology students must have a high school G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher. Submit (or email) an application letter that includes your career goals, reasons for interest in this program and other factors that relate to your ability to benefit from an award. Include (or email) with the application a letter of recommendation from a previous instructor or an appropriate associate.  A student receiving a Media Technology award must enroll in and complete fourteen or more credit hours each semester, maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. each semester and be a Kansas resident. Media Technology students must enroll and participate in a Media Technology course (MT111, MT112, etc.).  Contact Jaime Albers, 785-442-6029 or email at jalbers@highlandcc.edu for more information. 


Music Awards (Vocal) 

Music awards are offered year-round to both music majors and non-majors interested in participating in vocal music at HCC's main campus. Awards are offered in the amount of $1100 per semester, and are available to Kansas residents only. Students are required to participate in either HCC Chorus or Lads & Lassies, enroll in a minimum of 14 hours, maintain a 2.5 GPA in all music coursework and a 2.0 GPA overall each semester. Awards are also available to students interested in accompanying for our performance groups or sound technicians. For more information, please contact Shayna Leahy, Director of Vocal Music & Theory, 785-442-6092 or sleahy@highlandcc.edu.


Personal Fitness Training

This program is designed for individuals seeking or desiring employment as a personal trainer. Students will be provided with a solid background in the areas of fitness, nutrition and wellness. Students will be prepared to complete the National Council on Strength and Fitness personal trainer exam.
Scholarships are worth $1100 per semester. Requirements for the Personal Training Program are as follows: A minimum of 14 hours is required. Students must have an overall 2.0 GPA each semester. Students must be enrolled in the courses outlined in the Personal Fitness Trainer degree sheet. Students must have a 2.5 or higher in the 3 Personal Trainer specific courses:

  1. Personal Trainer Field Experience
  2. Business of Personal Training
  3. Personal Fitness Trainer

If you are interested in the field of Personal Training and want to inquire about a scholarship please contact Angie Eberly at 785-442-6143 or aeberly@highlandcc.edu.



The photography department is seeking individuals interested in obtaining coursework with the intention of pursuing a professional career in the field of photography. The department offers the Associate of Applied Science degree in Commercial Photography and the Associate of Arts in Studio Photography. Departmental scholarships worth $1100 per semester are available and are awarded upon reviewing of a photography portfolio. Scholarship recipients are required to take 4 credit hours of photography coursework per semester and maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA in the core photography classes and a 2.0 overall GPA each semester. For more information concerning the photography curriculum and criteria for a departmental scholarship, please contact Glen Gross, Photography Instructor, 785-442-6087 or ggross@highlandcc.edu.

Sophomore Academic

HCC’s sophomore academic scholarship honors academic excellence. This sophomore level scholarship is for students who are returning to HCC or transferring from another college. This scholarship may be awarded to a student who has earned 30 or more hours of college credit with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher and have passed 67% of attempted classes. Students must also be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) at the Highland campus or half time at the Tech Center and half time at the Highland campus. The sophomore academic scholarship covers books and tuition. For more information, contact Cheryl Rasmussen, Vice President of Student Services, at crasmussen@highlandcc.edu or 785-442-6020. 


The Sustainability Award is based on an interest in environmental issues facing current and future generations.  Students receiving the award are required to be enrolled in 14 hours each semester and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0. They also must take Environmental Science in a fall semester and Contemporary Issues in Sustainability in a spring semester and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 in these classes.  In addition, students are required to work a minimum of three hours each week in the HCC garden, composting, recycling, or other related activities, and should take an active role in the student Go Green Club.  Contact Theresa Grossman at 785-442-6088 or tgrossman@highlandcc.edu  for more information. 

Theatre (Performance and Technical)

The HCC theatre department offers scholarships in the amount of $1100 per semester for theatre non-majors and majors, both in performance and technical aspects of play productions. Technical aspects include carpentry, lighting, sound, costuming, and stage management. Students are required to participate in all theatre department productions, maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester, take four hours of theatre credit course per semester as assigned, maintain full-time student status, and reserve afternoon rehearsal times (3:00-5:30 M-F) in their schedules. For more information, please contact Sam Smith, Theater Instructor, at 785-442-6089 or smsmith@highlandcc.edu.