(Meal provided by On The Border)
Mar 19, 2018
TJC Promise Scholarship
(Meal provided by On The Border)

Recognizing the need to build a college-going culture that will strengthen the workforce of the future, communities nationwide are creating opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to attend college.

The pioneer of the “promise scholarship” movement – Michigan’s Kalamazoo Promise – was launched in 2005 and has helped almost 5,000 students receive a college education.

In 2014, the Rusk TJC Citizens Promise – Texas’ first community-based promise program – was created in partnership with Citizens 1st Bank, the James I. Perkins Family Foundation and Tyler Junior College, offering TJC scholarships to qualifying Rusk High School seniors. The first Rusk Promise cohort graduated from TJC in May 2016.

In honor of TJC’s 90th anniversary, a bold, new scholarship initiative has been established. The TJC Promise provides an earned scholarship to eligible high school students within TJC’s tax district. The program is being developed by leadership of the College and surrounding school districts.

Beginning in 2020, qualifying graduates can receive up to two years of tuition and fees at TJC. Students earn the TJC Promise scholarship by meeting certain standards during their high school years based on academic achievement, persistence and community service.

The scholarship standards of the TJC Promise will promote positive behaviors early on to ensure that students are on the path to success in high school, college and beyond.