Student Services

Student Support Services Emerging Scholars Program is a Federal TRIO program designed to provide guidance to first-generation and low-income students. The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The Emerging Scholars Program may also provide scholarships to current program participants who have an unmet need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services. The goal of the Emerging Scholars Program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next. For the 2010-2015Grant Period, the program will serve 175 students each academic year.

Program Components:

  • Academic advising and priority registration
  • Career, personal, and financial counseling
  • Individual tutorial services
  • Access to the Emerging Scholars Program Instructional lab with computers
  • Preparation for transfer to four-year college
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Support for Student with Disabilities
  • Cultural and academic enrichment programs
  • Peer, campus, and professional mentoring


Students must meet the following criteria for participation in the Student Support Services Program:
  • Must be a citizen or national of the United States or meet the residency requirement for federal student financial assistance
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Calhoun Community College
  • Must meet one or more of the following:
    • first generation college student (neither parent  graduated from college with a  bachelor's degree)
    • low-income status established by the US Census  Bureau (family income for the preceding year  must not exceed 150% of poverty level amount). See levels at
    • documented disability
  • Must demonstrate an academic need. Academic need includes any one or more of the following:
    • High school GPA of 2.5 or below
    • ACT score of 20 or below (total score or any one sub test)
    • SAT score of 930 or below (total score)
    • SAT math sub-score of 460 or below
    • Placement in developmental Math or English courses
    • College Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or below (total score)
    • Failing grades in one or more courses
    • Returning adult student (5 or more years since attending school)
    • Risking the loss of scholarship award
    • Enrollment in a highly demanding and stressful course of study, including engineering, nursing, math-based business majors, and pre-medical majors
If you believe you may meet the criteria for the program and would like an application packet, please call (256) 306-2987 or visit the Chasteen Student Center on the Decatur Campus, room 220.  You may download an application here