AIKCU launches Intern Scholarship Program thanks to grant from Council of Independent Colleges

AIKCU has been awarded a $25,000 Scholarship Challenge Grant from the Council of Independent Colleges to provide scholarship support for to low-income students pursuing an internship during the 2015-16 academic year.

AIKCU recently completed raising the required matching funds from private sources, bringing the total amount available to support the 2015-16 AIKCU Intern Scholarship Program to $50,000.

One low-income student at each of the 19 AIKCU member institutions will receive a $2,632 stipend to help with additional expenses incurred while completing an internship experience during the 2015-16 academic year.

“Meaningful internships give students the experience they need and help graduates, especially those in the liberal arts, be more competitive in the job market,” said Gary S. Cox, AIKCU president. “Unfortunately, the additional expenses associated with completing an internship, from travel expenses to purchasing a professional wardrobe, can add up to put these experiences out of reach for students who would benefit the most.”

Students interested in the new Intern Scholarship should contact their institution’s office of career services.

AIKCU member institutions are responsible for identifying the recipient on their campuses. Students must be low-income — as verified by their receipt of a Pell Grant, CAP grant, or Kentucky Tuition Grant — and in good academic standing. The stipend may not be used to replace other external or institutional aid. Institutions are responsible for verifying student qualifications and internship placement and completion.

For more details, see the AIKCU Intern Scholarship Application.