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Bulldog Bonus Scholarships Efforts by Admissions Staff Produce $5,000 Grant for University Student Incentives

Bulldog Bonus Scholarships

Students who have enrolled at Ferris State University in the last academic year were encouraged to submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Bulldog Bonus Scholarships program. This collaborative effort by university leaders was essential to receiving a $5,000 FAFSA Completion Grant from the Michigan College Action Network. Shown here is Melanie Mulder, assistant director of financial aid.

A fresh approach to spur potential Ferris State University students to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid brought a reward. The Michigan College Action Network has provided $5,000 to Ferris through a FAFSA Completion Grant.

Assistant Director of Financial Aid Melanie Mulder said a collaborative effort included Dean of Enrollment Services Kristen Salomonson and DeeDee Stakley, from the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships, to include FAFSA form completion in the Bulldog Bonus Scholarships incentive program.

“Our Bulldog Bonus Scholarships were made available to new freshmen or new transfer students and can provide up to $2,000 for simply completing necessary steps to begin at Ferris in the fall,” Mulder said. “The students would have to enroll and be admitted, take part in one of eight virtual financial aid events and file their FAFSA, entering the Ferris State school code to qualify. More than a thousand students met these requirements in the previous academic year to put them in line for a non-renewable scholarship to support their start at Ferris.”

The MCAN grant was applied to the funds distributed to students through the Bulldog Bonus Scholarships incentive. Mulder said these resources were available to those enrolled full time at Ferris’ Big Rapids campus or the Kendall College of Art and Design.

The Fall 2022 semesters for Ferris and KCAD begin on Monday, Aug. 29.