Independence Promise & ACT 456
Independence Promise Program (August 2018)
When it comes to the future and fabric of a community, there may be nothing more crucial than education. The Independence County Public Education Foundation was formed to address the importance of K-12 and continuing education for improving quality of life and bolster economic prosperity in the region. At a time when financial barriers to college and low wage jobs pose significant challenges for American families, the Foundation has worked in conjunction with the IMPACT initiative for excellence to bridge the equity gap in Independence County. The resulting Independence Promise scholarship program will provide widespread access to higher education for students throughout the county.
In July of 2018, the Public Education Foundation met with area school, community, and business leaders to publicly announce the launch of the new program, which had already begun accepting applications for the upcoming semester. The group celebrated this highly collaborative achievement, remarking on the positive change it will bring over time. Independence Promise will support students in transitioning from high school into higher education and vocational training by offering financial aid for concurrent classes and career exposure opportunities. Two different local institutions, UACCB, a two-year community college, and Lyon College, a private liberal arts school, joined the cause with full support and helped develop the plan. Both welcomed the increase in enrollment and the added connection to the community that will be established.