The Independence County Foundation Board recognizes the importance of education in improving quality of life for individuals and bolstering economic prosperity for the community. In support of this belief and the Foundation’s purpose, the Board has established the Independence Promise scholarship program. The program is designed to support Independence County high school students in who wish to begin earning higher education or training prior to graduation. By establishing this fund, the Foundation expects to support students who mutually promise to apply their best academic efforts in seeking to extend their education or training beyond that provided by the school systems of Independence County.
Expected immediate outcomes:
1) Lowering or eliminating the cost of postsecondary education and training.
2) Increased educational motivation, educational attainment, and credential completion.
3) Enrollment increases at UACCB and Lyon College.
Expected broader outcomes are a more educated workforce, higher overall earnings for graduates, greater disposable income for local families, and improvements in local economy and housing market.
Guidelines at a Glance
1) Attend a high school located primarily in Independence County, Arkansas as defined by the independence county public education foundation governing documents.
2) Achieve placement test scores which result in eligibility for college enrollment and meet all other college admission requirements.
UACCB Placement Chart | UACCB Admissions Requirements (for concurrent enrollment)
3) Achieve a 90% attendance and punctuality record during all high school semesters (9th grade onward). Documentation is required for extenuating circumstances.
4) Have an achievable path to earn a credential leading directly to employment or obtain credit hours in courses that fit the criteria of the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS).
5) Complete an independence Promise scholarship application and submit for first review by Feb 28th (for fall coursework) or October 31st (for spring coursework).
6) Maintain a minimum 2.5 overall gpa and a final grade of “C” or higher for all college-level coursework for continued eligibility and student contract compliance.
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