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UofL sweetens local scholarship program

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville is sweetening a local scholarship program that helps low income families pay for college.

Building upon the Louisville Rotary Promise Scholarship, which was announced last year for graduates of Western High School to earn a degree from Jefferson Community & Technical College, UofL will provide the scholars with an additional $10,000 to continue their studies for two more years to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“The University of Louisville is extremely proud and fortunate to have partners like JCTC and the Louisville Rotary Club to help us provide opportunities for at-risk students to earn a four-year degree,” said UofL President James Ramsey.

The Louisville Rotary Promise Scholarship begins with Western’s class of 2016. All students in that graduating class are eligible for the scholarship as long as they have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better, maintain high attendance rates and have no major disciplinary actions against them. UofL’s criterion for continuation of the scholarship will be an associate’s degree from JCTC.

“The Louisville Rotary Promise Scholarship already is changing the outcome for students at Western High School, who will attend college at Jefferson. Now, thanks to the support of the UofL, these students truly will have no limits on their dreams,” said JCTC President Tony Newberry.

Rotary officials hope to raise $4 million for the scholar program so it can be expanded to other high schools.

“The Louisville Rotary Promise Scholarship began as a way to improve college-going rates in low achieving high schools,” said Henry Heuser, who is a past president of the Rotary Club of Louisville. “Now, in partnership with JCTC and the UofL, these students have a clear and steady path to a baccalaureate degree.”

UofL and JCTC are among several area institutions and organizations that take part in the 55,000 Degrees initiative, which seeks to boost the number of people in the Louisville-area who hold postsecondary degrees by 55,000 by the year 2020.