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WVU Parkersburg recognizes PROMISE Scholars
New Scholars join an elite group of more than 32,000 high-achieving West Virginians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Parkersburg, W.Va. 5/31/12 – Forty PROMISE Scholarship recipients will begin their first year at West Virginia University at Parkersburg this fall. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the PROMISE scholarship program. The award covers tuition and fees up to $4,750 at approved two-year and four-year colleges and universities in West Virginia.
The program was launched in 2002 under the leadership of former Governor Bob Wise, former state senator Lloyd Jackson, II and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, who previously served as senate president. Since the program's creation, more than 32,000 students have been awarded the scholarship, and more than $315 million has been provided to help West Virginians attend college. Governor Tomblin said those funds represent a valuable investment in our state.
"Ten years ago, West Virginia made a promise to its young people: if you work hard, earn good grades, and fully commit to pursuing a college education in our state, we will help you pay for a college education. That promise is paying off today for students and their families - but more important for our state. Research shows that receiving the PROMISE Scholarship helps ensure that our students graduate from college, because the program requires students to maintain a high grade point average and take a rigorous course load," Tomblin said.
"Additionally, more than 60 percent of PROMISE Scholars work in state after graduation. To meet workforce demands and grow our economy, West Virginia needs additional qualified college graduates. The PROMISE Scholarship is a valuable tool in helping keep young, bright West Virginians active in our local communities and across our Great State."
To receive the PROMISE Scholarship, students must obtain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, an overall ACT score of 22 and a score of at least 20 in each of four ACT subject areas. The following prospective WVU Parkersburg students were awarded the PROMISE Scholarship this year:
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