Watson Enjoys Assisting Students as Ferris' TIP Program Coordinator

Judy WatsonJudy Watson works to find funding for students facing financial challenges who wish to attend college.

Watson started working for Ferris State University in August as an adjunct instructor for general education. After hearing about the state-assisted Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), she soon applied for the position and now serves as TIP Scholar coordinator.

“TIP is a program that allows students that have been on Medicaid between sixth and 12th grade to go to college for an associate or bachelor’s degree up to four years,” Watson said.

Prior to Ferris, Watson worked in sales and management services. Originally from Detroit, Watson and her husband moved to nearby Canadian Lakes in 2003.

Watson feels blessed to be the TIP Scholar coordinator saying, “Ferris is a really good university, and I have always liked the collegiate atmosphere. I now have a position to help a lot of people. I now have a position where I can work with students from beginning to graduation.”

Watson interacts on a daily basis with students through e-mail, phone conversations or in person. Her main responsibility is the retention of TIP students.

“I try referring them to the best resources possible, but I am always an additional resource,” she said.

Families are frequently contacted by Watson as she strives to help find the funding each student needs to make attending college possible. The biggest concern for Watson is making those students who are eligible for TIP assistance aware of the program.

Though Ferris may not be the only school to sponsor a TIP program, it is one of few public schools that have both Phase 1 and Phase 2 elements. Phase 1 entitles students to receive funding for up to 80 credits, and Phase 2 awards students $500 per semester.

The TIP program is designed to help recipients become successful college students and guide them in taking full advantage of the scholarship. Ferris’ TIP Scholar program seeks to support the recruitment, retention and graduation of students who receive the TIP scholarship.

Ferris State University’s TIP Scholar program was created by University College in 2007.

This is a story from the Spring 2011 issue of the university’s Points of Pride newsletter. To access the online version of the newsletter, visit here.

22 June, 2011