Education Assistance helps those struggling with unemployment or underemployment access training that will increase their financial stability. We have two tracks:
The Keller Program provides modest financial help with expenses associated with retraining such as books, supplies, test fees, and travel expenses.
The Career Advancement Program provides case management and career coaching. Program participants will receive financial assistance with costs associated with retraining and qualified living expenses not covered by other sources of income. The financial support assists individuals in obtaining their goals in achieving self-sufficiency.
“Tony” has been a student at Wake Tech for 3 semesters and with a 4.0 average and near completion of his associate’s degree, he plans to finish up at Wake Tech this spring and then transfer to NC State. Tony has been making ends meet through a part-time job and financial aid, but at times, he struggles to pay for gas to get back and forth from work, school and home. A friend at his church knew his situation, told him about our Margaret Keller Scholarship and suggested he check into it for help with gas. The counselor that interviewed him described him as a “breath of fresh air… a guy who is willing to work hard and has a plan to get him on his feet”. Tony is the kind of guy we want to encourage in his endeavors and we were pleased to award him $100 a month in gas cards for his last semester at Wake Tech and encouraged him to reapply after he transfers to NC State in the fall. Tony’s award is a good example of help that makes a difference.
Requirements for Assistance
- These programs are NOT intended for recent high school graduates pursuing undergraduate degrees. It is meant to assist self-sufficient adults with training that will result in increased income and/or job stability
- You must be underemployed or unemployed
- You must desire to gain further training/education that will lead to a job in an approved growth industry
- You must be willing to apply for all available grants and financial assistance
- You must reside in Cary or Morrisville, N.C., have a child enrolled in a Cary or Morrisville school, or be a member of a Dorcas member church
- You must have limited income preventing you from receiving further educational achievement
- All requests should be presented at least 30 days prior to your deadline dates
- All information on the application must be completed
- You must submit the required documentation
- You must participate in an interview at the Dorcas Ministries office
How To Apply
Step 1: At least one month prior to payment deadline:
- Submit an application packet to the Outreach Program office and include the following:
- Completed Assistance Application
- Copies are available in the Crisis Ministry office
- Click HERE to download and print at home
- Provide a copy of your resume (if you don’t have one, assistance is available in the Dorcas Training Center for writing one), or a detailed list of your work history.
- Photo Identification
- Proof of Residence in Cary or Morrisville (such as current utility bill), a member of a Dorcas member church (provide church staff information for verification) or have a child enrolled in Cary or Morrisville public schools (provide verification)
- Social Security Card
- Proof of ALL income for ALL ADULTS in the household:
- Last 2 month’s pay stubs
- OR last month’s bank account statement showing disability, unemployment, social security, child support or other income
- AND last year’s Tax Return
- Rental Lease or Mortgage Statement
- Grade transcripts from most recently completed semester, or diploma
- Financial Aid Report from the school you are attending showing your grant and loan allocations for the present semester/school year
- Contact person, phone number, and name of the school you will be attending
- If you need assistance with gasoline, please indicate the number of miles traveled for school each week.
- For books and tuition needs, provide the invoice from the institution (Not hand written, must be official invoice from school computer system). Payment is paid directly to school with the information on the official invoice.
Step 2: Once you have completed the application and provided all the required documents demonstrating you qualify and the application has been processed – the Dorcas Outreach Office will contact you to schedule an interview. If you have questions you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-469-9861 ext 206
Photo by Christopher Connell.