Record percentage of students earn Oklahoma’s Promise grant

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
02/09/2019 08:00 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A record 73.6 percent of high school graduates who enrolled in the college access program Oklahoma’s Promise in 2018 completed the requirements to earn the scholarship, according to an Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education report.

There were 6,024 scholars who received the college tuition grant in 2018, The Oklahoman reported.

“We’re extremely pleased to see it and hope it continues,” Bryce Fair, associate vice chancellor for scholarships and grants with the State Regents, said in the report released Thursday. “We’re getting close to three out of every four students that we enroll in the program follow through with that commitment.”

More than 80,000 Oklahoma students have enrolled since 1996. The scholarship covers tuition at public two- and four-year schools or a portion of tuition at private colleges and universities.

Students can enroll in in the program from eighth to 10th grades. Their family’s income cannot surpass $55,000 when they enroll or $100,000 when the student starts college.

The report shows 85 percent of the scholarship recipients attend college, compared to 44 percent of high school graduates who weren’t in the program.

Roughly 60 percent of the recipients are female and 42 percent are white. More than half reside outside the state’s five most populated counties – Oklahoma, Tulsa, Cleveland, Canadian and Comanche.

Union High School in Tulsa still had the largest number of Oklahoma Promise’s graduates in the state with 154 students, the most of any Class 6A school for the seventh consecutive year.

The program is projected to cost $77.3 million for 2019-20, about $500,000 more than the current fiscal year. It will administer scholarships to 17,100 students.

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