Genesee Promise Plus Summer Scholarship Program Celebrates its Ten Year Anniversary

Up to Two Courses Tuition-Free at GCC!

Batavia, NY – Since 2008, Genesee Community College has offered the Genesee Promise Plus (GPP) scholarships to help remove financial barriers to higher education for citizens in the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming (GLOW) counties. As the scholarship program celebrates its 10th Anniversary, the College encourages all qualified individuals, from students in high school to adults who have never taken a college course before--to apply for up to two summer semester courses tuition-free at GCC!

Ten years ago, GCC’s Board of Trustees sought unique ways to encourage high school students who may have been reluctant to enroll in college. The first year, Genesee Promise Plus was only for graduating seniors, but officials soon realized that GPP would serve high school juniors equally as well. In successive years, GPP was opened up not only to juniors, but also to adult students who have never attended college in the past.

“Summer is a perfect time for new GCC students or students in our Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) program to immerse themselves in the college culture, acquaint themselves with the rigors of college coursework or appreciate the nuances of online learning,” Lindsay Gerhardt, assistant dean for Recruitment and Admissions said. “The GPP program provides a wonderful opportunity for college-bound students to cost effectively earn up to six credits, complete prerequisite or general education courses and get a head start on a degree program. It’s a win-win for all.”

GPP is available to GLOW region citizens who are high school juniors (rising seniors), graduating high school seniors or new adult college students (adults who have never attended college before). With more than 60 courses being offered this summer, in two summer sessions and both online and at GCC’s seven campus locations, there are ample opportunities for all eligible applicants in these categories: 

  • High School Juniors (rising seniors) and qualifying Homeschool Students are eligible for scholarship funding to take one course. 
  • Graduating High School Seniors are eligible for scholarship funding to take one or two courses
  • Adults who have never attended college are eligible for scholarship funding to take one course. This includes adults who have received a GED prior to May 1, 2017 or graduated from a GLOW area high school in December 2016 or earlier.  GCC will require a copy of high school transcripts.

GPP scholarship applications are being accepted until June 22, 2018 for the 2018 summer session. The complete list of courses available this summer is available at  and includes Females Roles in Film (CIN242), Beginning Personal Fitness (PED259), Principles of Business (BUS101) and many, many more.

Applications, qualification criteria and additional information are available at

All interested individuals are encouraged to contact the office of admissions at or by calling (585) 345-6805 today!

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