Neodesha Promise Program to offer scholarships for postsecondary education

Qualifying graduates of Neodesha High School in southeastern Kansas will receive up to 100 percent of their postsecondary education paid through a charitable endowment, it was announced today.

The Neodesha Promise scholarship program “will cover tuition and mandatory fees for up to 120 credit hours of study for a bachelor’s degree and up to 60 credit hours of study for an associate’s degree or technical certification,” said Neodesha USD 461 Superintendent Juanita Erickson.

The program is funded through the Marilyn Cram Cutler Charitable Foundation and Neodesha represents the first Kansas community to adopt a PromiseNet college scholarship program, which was started by private donors 15 years ago in Kalamazoo, Michigan and has been replicated in over 100 communities.

Officials said the Neodesha Promise will mean more students pursuing postsecondary education. Qualifying students must be on track to graduate from Neodesha High School, have completed the Neodesha Promise Scholarship application,

The award for tuition and fees is capped at the highest tuition rate for a Kansas public university. It doesn’t include room and board but students have six years off access to the scholarship for bachelor’s degree and four years for an associate’s or tech certification. Students must have a 2.5 GPA for 9th-12th grades and an ACT score of 19 or higher to access the scholarship for a bachelor’s degree.

The scholarship will be adjusted based on length of attendance in the Neodesha school district. For additional requirements and eligibility details, go to www.neodeshapromise.org.

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