A new partnership between the Hopkinsville Rotary Club and Hopkinsville Community College has been formed that will provide scholarship money for all local high school graduates to attend HCC tuition-free.
Funds for the Rotary Scholars Program will be available to students beginning with the graduating class of 2012. The scholarship money will be available for the full HCC tuition amount for four consecutive semesters and is available only for students to attend HCC.
To qualify for the scholarships, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. They must also have a cumulative high school attendance rate of at least 95 percent and never have been expelled from high school.
The Hopkinsville Rotary Club has long been a strong proponent of education, having established a student loan program 50 years ago that has since resulted in more than $8 million in loan money for nearly 9,000 students. The new partnership with HCC seemed like a natural progression for an organization that has always valued education, said Rotary Club President Russ Guffey.
“With the creation of this program, this community and every student here will be the beneficiaries for years to come,” said Dr. Jim Selbe, president of Hopkinsville Community College. “This community has just changed its destiny by leaps and bounds.”