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 full 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 four Jacksonville colleges and universities, Duval County Public Schools and the 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 at 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 college advisors encourage students to take prep courses for the college entrance exam and help them apply to college. Florida State College Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida and Edward Waters College are also helping to fund the program, through existing scholarships, and will be building their endowments for perpetual funding for the program.
The Military & Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) provides assistance to military and veteran students in navigating admission, enrollment and financial aid processes. Led by the director, the Military & Veterans Resource Center is the primary campus advocate for military and veteran students, and works with them to ensure their unique needs are met by coordinating with offices of various university services. The Military & Veterans Resource Center provides assistance in coordinating with academic advising, tutoring, counseling, disability accommodations, veteran programming, benefits information, financial aid, medical assistance, and additionally facilitates referral to state and federal resources and services.
The MVRC is committed to ensuring that military and veteran students successfully make the transition from the military environment to campus life, and are assisted in their progress toward completing their academic degree. The center also provides opportunities for peer-to-peer support, mentoring and social networking. We welcome volunteers from the veteran student community to work with their fellow veterans as mentors to assist them in achieving a successful academic experience
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