"This is a huge investment in our youth who have struggled mightily during the pandemic with many of them seeing their family members lose jobs, battle food insecurity or miss rent payments," he said.
The free college education is available for students who enroll in the district's Promise Scholars Program, which offers scholarships and support services to first-time, full-time students at Canada College in Redwood City, College of San Mateo in San Mateo, and Skyline College in San Bruno. Students receive full tuition and fees, as well as credit for $750 in books per year, according to a community college district press release. The grant will help expand the program from 2,000 to 2,500 students, district officials said.
Participants in the Promise Scholars Program are more than twice as likely to graduate in two years than students not in the program, according to the district.
The grant is being allocated from county Measure K funds.
The application for the fall 2021 Promise Scholars Program is open online at xe-ssb8.smccd.edu, and prospective students can find information about eligibility and applying to the program online at smccd.edu/promise. Students must first apply to the college.
—Angela Swartz and Bay City News Service
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