In the past two years, students at UC Clermont College have worked together to create the Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS) Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship was created in 2011 with the first class, who managed to raise $644. The most recent class raised $2,305 to be awarded as four separate scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.
The BTAS program began in fall 2011 as a two year program designed for students that already have a technical associate’s degree, such as an Associate of Applied Science or Applied Business. The program is offered at both of UC’s regional campuses in Batavia and Blue Ash.
The BTAS Legacy Scholarship was originally created as a way to increase alumni engagement. However, Bill Wise, chair of the Scholarship Committee and Assistant Professor of Business at UC Clermont, and a team from the Development Office decided that it was best to engage with the current students before they graduated.
Students in the BTAS program should apply for the scholarship in the spring semester and the recipients receive the scholarship in the beginning of the following fall semester. The criteria for the scholarship was established by a group of students in the program. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be full time in their first or second year in the program with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The student must have demonstrated a financial need. Recipients of the scholarship are determined by the Scholarship Committee, composed of faculty and staff.
According to the Clermont Sun and Bill Wise, “To the best of my knowledge, it is the first time in the history of Clermont College and the University of Cincinnati that students have created and funded a scholarship for their own academic program.”