Thousands of Duval County public school students who have the desire to further their educational goals may fear that they lack the resources to continue their academic careers beyond high school. However, many students may qualify for scholarships at one of Jacksonville’s private or public colleges and universities. The presidents of Edward Waters College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida have each agreed to offer Jacksonville Commitment scholarships to eligible students who meet the academic standards required for admittance to their institutions.
“If Jacksonville is going to prosper, we must ensure that our citizens are well educated. Too many high school students don’t think a college degree is possible because of the cost. The Jacksonville Commitment is our way, the community’s way, of eliminating the cost barrier.”
-- Dr. Nat Glover, the former Jacksonville Sheriff and current President of Edward Waters College
“This [The Jacksonville Commitment] is the best possible investment for a strong Jacksonville. An educated workforce ensures a robust economy. We want to raise the per capita income in Jacksonville, and The Jacksonville Commitment is a great way to achieve that goal."
-- Former Jacksonville Mayor Peyton
The goal of the Jacksonville Commitment is to successfully increase the percentage of students from low-income families that complete a post-secondary education program, creating a "college going" culture in Jacksonville.
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