LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The city of Jeffersonville is partnering with Ivy Tech Community College to offer free scholarships to every qualifying Jeffersonville High School graduate.

According to a news release, the "Jeffersonville's Promise" program will offer a full-tuition scholarship to every graduate who meets certain qualifications, allowing them to earn a two-year college degree at Ivy Tech in Sellersburg.

The students must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must be a graduate of Jeffersonville High School from the Class of 2019 or later.
  • The student must have earned a minimum of a 2.0 high school GPA and maintain a 2.5 GPA while enrolled at Ivy Tech.
  • The student must complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  • The student must enroll in credit-bearing and workforce-focused courses toward the attainment of a certificate, certification or degree at Ivy Tech.
  • The student must enroll at Ivy Tech during the Summer, Fall or Spring Term after their commencement from high school starting in Fall 2019.

The Jeffersonville's Promise program is funded by the City of Jeffersonville, through its Redevelopment Commission. The city will commit $150,000 of tax increment funds per year over the next five years. Ivy Tech will administer the program, which is intended to be a "last dollar" scholarship program, which means students must first accept all federal aid, local aid and other scholarships.

"If Jeffersonville is going to remain competitive in today's economy, we must develop an educated and skilled workforce," said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore, in a statement. "Our competitiveness starts by ensuring that our children and grandchildren can attain the education and training they need to enter the job market. Jeffersonville's Promise is our commitment to help students pursue the dream of a college education."

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