State Senator Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) and State Representative Tracie Davis (D-Jacksonville) presented a $356,000 mock check to Edward Waters College for the start of the second national College Promise Program. During the 2018 Legislative Session, Senator Gibson and Representative Davis worked hand-in-hand advocating for state funding for the program which creates a pathway for low-income, first time in college students to attend four-year institution to earn their degree. The funds will be used to bridge gaps in resources from other forms of financial assistance to cover tuition for the entire four years for roughly 100 incoming students. This allows the students to graduate debt free.
“Every individual who wants to start and finish their four year education to a higher level should be able to do so and not carry a load of debt through their own retirement. Working with Representative Davis in the House yet again was great!” said Senator Gibson.
“So excited as the State Rep. for the area and an alumni of Edward Waters College to have been part of the team with Senator Gibson to secure this funding for such a great program. College Promise is the second program in the nation providing a debt free pathway to higher education for first time students. This is the future of higher education and funding is critical to its success,” said Representative Davis.