Gaston College offers “Promise” to students – News – Gaston Gazette

A new scholarship allows high-achieving high school graduates receive free tuition to attend Gaston College.

The community college recently announced its new “GC Promise Scholarship” targeted at such students in Gaston and Lincoln counties. The scholarship will cover the cost of in-state tuition and fees at Gaston College, up to $5,000 per student for two consecutive academic years, for students who meet the eligibility requirements.

Gaston College President Pat Skinner publicly announced the new scholarship before a crowd of about 1,000 educators during the annual Teaching and Learning Conference held on the college’s campus this month. Skinner said the scholarship aims to “encourage the community’s “best and brightest.”

“These are students who have already shown a commitment to maximizing their education by participating in the Career and College Promise program through Gaston College,” said Skinner. “We hope that this scholarship will encourage our youth to continue their educational journey.”

Among other requirements, to be eligible for the scholarship students must have already reached a certain level of participation in the Career and College Promise program through Gaston College. The program provides tuition-free dual enrollment educational opportunities for eligible high school students, allowing them to accelerate completion of college certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees.

If a student also receives federal or state grants, other scholarships, or any other outside financial aid, that funding must be exhausted before the GC Promise funding will be applied to tuition and fees. Books and supplies are the students’ responsibility.

Once enrolled, GC Promise Scholarship students must continuously maintain a 3.0 GPA, a completion rate of 67 percent, and have no disciplinary actions taken against them. They must enroll in at least 15 credit hours in each the fall…

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