Oct. 16, 2012
Trinity Lutheran College has been approved as a State Need Grant school by the Higher Education Board (HECB) of Washington State, now the Washington Student Achievement Council.
In order to receive this designation, a college must show strength in its curriculum, finances and meet all state and federal financial aid guidelines. Trinity is the only institution in the past five years that has been awarded this designation.
This award will allow students who qualify for the state need grant to receive funding for their college education at Trinity. Prior to this approval, students were not allowed to apply their state need grants while attending Trinity. It also allows Trinity to accept students who have received state “College Bound” scholarships.
Trinity president John Reed indicated in a memo to the community that this was a milestone achievement and will serve our students and our community for years to come.
This is good news for Trinity, the unique urban college that is continuing to see great successes in its Everett location. The average incoming GPA at Trinity has gone up a full point in the past five years. The college also continues to show an incredible commitment to diversity among its student body. 45% of the student population is non-white, including a number of first generation college-bound students. And the college has doubled its enrollment in three years.
The college’s service learning programs help the college have a significant impact on the community, as every Trinity student is required to contribute community service hours as part of the college’s curriculum. And the college continues to add new majors, like Graphic Design & Visual Communications, which opened in the fall of 2011.
Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, in a letter to the Washington State HEC Board, was excited about the future of the college and its value to Everett and Snohomish County.
“Trinity brings tremendous value to our community by exposing students to the arts through a wide array of courses taught by instructors and professors in intimate classroom settings. We are also well served by the students, faculty and staff who contribute generously to our community through many hours of community service,” said Stephanson.
Trinity began offering state need grant funding to current students starting fall 2012. Beginning in 2013, the college plans to offer this funding to incoming students who qualify for the program.