Genesee Promise Plus Scholarships Slated for all GLOW High School Seniors in Summer 2009

Every senior who graduates from a Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region high school in June 2009 will again be entitled to a full scholarship for two summer courses at Genesee Community College, President Stuart Steiner announced at the College’s Board of Trustees meeting this evening.
The scholarship program – known as “Genesee Promise Plus” – began last summer. Three hundred three area high school seniors took advantage of the program during the Summer 2008 semester.

Students will be able to apply for the program during the Spring semester using a simple application form. The application will be available on Genesee’s web site, at area high schools, and at other community locations. Applications will be due June 15, 2009. Students may attend classes at the Batavia Campus, at campus centers located in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lakeville, Medina, and Warsaw, or online. Scholarships are for full tuition for up to two courses.

Academic credit earned during the summer, like all Genesee credit, is transferable to almost any college or university in the United States.

The program is win-win, Dr. Steiner told trustees. College facilities are already open during the summer, and classes are already being offered – so the College can easily accommodate more students without adding costs. The Promise Plus program gives graduating seniors the opportunity to get a head start on college study and develop college study skills. Even more important, the program may motivate some students who were not planning to attend college to enroll at Genesee or other colleges and universities, Dr. Steiner noted.

High school graduates in unusual circumstances may also be eligible for the program. For example, students who graduate from high school before June, home-schooled students, or students who entered military service immediately following high school may also be eligible. Dr. Virginia Taylor, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services, will handle inquiries about exceptions to traditional June graduation on a case-by-case basis.