Thousands of Duval County public school students who have the desire but lack the resources to continue their educations beyond high school 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 agreed to offer scholarships to program eligible students who meet the academic standards to attend their institutions.
The program, called The Jacksonville Commitment, is a partnership among the four Jacksonville colleges and universities, the Duval County Public Schools and City of Jacksonville. “If Jacksonville is going to prosper, we must ensure that our citizens are well educated,” said Dr. Nat Glover, the former Jacksonville sheriff and current president of Edward Waters College. “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.”
Development officers as each of the four colleges raised private support to compliment the city’s initial funding. “This is the best possible investment for a strong Jacksonville,” former Mayor Peyton said. “An educated workforce ensures a robust economy. We want to raise the per capita income in Jacksonville, and this is a great way to achieve that goal.”
To help students meet the requirements, Jacksonville Commitment College Advisors work in the public high schools. These Commitment College Advisors encourage students to take prep courses for the college entrance exam and help them apply to college. FSCJ, JU, UNF and EWC are also helping to fund the program through existing scholarships and will be building their endowments for perpetual funding for the program.
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