Heather Price is heading back to College this Fall, thanks to the Dabney Promise program and encouragement from Heads Up America. Read the story in her own words on the Heads Up America site.
The Dabney Promise, open to both new high school graduates as well as non-traditional students who meet a certain threshold of financial need, will be in effect for the 2016-17 school year. Applications are now being accepted for the fall, according to Rachael Thompson, Executive Director of the DSLCC Educational Foundation.
“The Dabney Promise Program is a tertiary level funding source, applied after scholarships and financial aid,” explains Thompson. “It is designed to ‘bridge the gap’ between any merit-based scholarships and financial aid received and the cost of tuition and books. Essentially, it helps qualified students achieve free tuition and books.”
Established in 1980, the Educational Foundation – with the support of generous donors – has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships throughout its history. Despite this high level of primarily merit-based scholarship support, many students are still left with a balance that is not affordable. “The result is a retention issue, with many students finding that after one or two semesters, they can’t afford to continue their education,” says Thompson.
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