What is HOSTS? HOSTS is an
acronym for Helping One Student To Succeed.
Why donate to HOSTS? Under
HOSTS, donors have an opportunity to help one student with their educational
expenses, without demanding a large financial commitment from them.
How will this program help students to succeed? Supplementing
college costs reduces financial stress, allowing students more time to focus on
their studies, therefore increasing student success rates.
How are the students chosen? Students
must be referred by an LMC faculty, staff and/or manager.
Are there specific criteria HOSTS recipients must
meet to be eligible? Yes, in
addition to being referred by LMC faculty, staff and/or managers HOSTS
Be enrolled in
at least six units
Have a 2.0 GPA,
at the time of referral
Agree to apply
for scholarships and financial aid in the future (as eligible)
Who will verify eligibility? The
Scholarship Coordinator will confirm that students meet the criteria and advise
them about scholarship opportunities and other financial resources.
How will we know the money is being spent only on
qualified educational expenses? The Scholarship
Coordinator will provide HOSTS recipients with a credit memo to use at the LMC
Bookstore or take to the Cashier window to pay for books or tuition fees. No
cash will be exchanged.
What types of students might benefit from HOSTS? Students
with financial need, i.e. single parents, veterans, students not receiving
financial aid, or students who missed scholarship deadlines.
How many students can benefit from HOSTS? By raising
$20,000 potentially up to 80 students can receive these scholarships. ($250=80
students, $500=40 students)
Are students currently receiving financial assistance
eligible? They will
be considered on a case by case basis for a loan, not HOSTS.
student eligible for HOSTS more than once? No
Will you have a tracking system to measure student
success or that students haven’t dropped out? Yes, the
Scholarship Coordinator will verify whether students successfully completed the
semester HOSTS was awarded and if they applied for scholarships and financial
aid assistance. The Coordinator will also track the students to see if they
complete their required courses.
How many students need this kind of assistance? Approximately
125 students per year indicate an unmet financial need and approximately 85% of
LMC students qualify for some sort of financial assistance.
What is the minimum amount I may donate to be
acknowledged for a HOSTS scholarship? All
donations will be acknowledged on the LMC Foundation website. Donations of $500
or more will have your name associated with a scholarship.
Can I have my donation named? Yes,
donations of $500 or more may “name” a scholarship.
Why did we choose $500 as the amount for a HOSTS
scholarship? The average
cost of tuition or books per semester is $500.
How can you donate to the HOSTS scholarship program? *The LMC
Foundation can accept all major credit cards. If you wish to pay by credit
card, you may either call the Foundation office at (925) 473-7317 for
credit card processing OR if on-line by going to: www.losmedanos.edu/foundation which will take you to the PayPal site for credit
pay by check; make checks payable to LMC Foundation, with HOSTS in the memo
section and send to: LMC Foundation, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg, CA 94565
have any questions regarding your donation, please feel free to contact the
Foundation office at (925) 473-7317.