SGA bill to create textbook scholarships

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Paying hundreds of dollars for textbooks that may not even be used is an expense college students dislike above all others.

To alleviate the issue, the Student Government Association has recently passed a bill (Senate Bill S 09-07) that will offer a book scholarship for Fall 2009 of $100 dollars to one student from each of SHSU’s five colleges- Arts and Science, Humanities and Social Science, Business Administration, Education and Criminal Justice.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows: “that the student possesses a 2.5 GPA, [is] involved in extra curricular activities, [has] written a 500 word essay detailing their involvement in these activities as well as any leadership positions held,” according to Monica Eaton, SGA Chief of Student Affairs and author of the book scholarship bill.

Along with the completed application, students will need to submit an official transcript and a copy of their co-curricular transcript.

Of the number of students that visit the SGA office, many have expressed concern about the high prices of textbooks.

“[SGA] was trying to do something to alleviate the financial strain of purchasing textbooks,” said Eaton.

As committee chief of student affairs, Eaton said that she decided to write the bill because her job is to address the concerns of the students, and textbook prices was a main concern expressed.

The money for these scholarships will come out of the student affairs budget, which comes from the university through Student Activities.

“Currently the bill is only for the upcoming Fall 2009 semester, but depending on how it is received, SGA might permanently establish it for the years to come,” said Eaton