Half of Williston State College graduates getting free college tuition

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WILLISTON, N.D. – Williston State College staff are just finishing up the process of awarding the free tuition scholarship for qualifying student from 10 counties in North Dakota and Montana.

For the past five years, the number of students utilizing that scholarship has continued to grow. In 2018, 500 to 600 students got all of their tuition paid for, and 100 of them also got $1,000 per semester for housing fees.

Dr. John Miller, president of Williston State College, said: “Last year at commencement, exactly half of our graduates had funded their education through one of those scholarship programs. So, it’s very meaningful. And, it’s a big thing and it’s a game-changer for a lot of students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the cost of their college education.”

WSC receives $2 million to $2.4 million every year to fund free education, and Miller says he hopes many students will benefit from the scholarships for years to come.

“It’s a very well-known commodity in this part of the state and certainly in northeastern Montana, so there’s no sunset clause on the scholarship program right now,” said Miller.

Classes officially start next Monday.

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