Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore today announced the city is entering into a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College to offer scholarships to every Jeffersonville High School graduate that will allow them to earn a two-year college degree.
The program, “Jeffersonville’s Promise,” will offer a full tuition scholarship to attend Ivy Tech in Sellersburg. The scholarship will be available to students who meet the following criteria:
- Jeffersonville High School graduate from the Class of 2019 and those classes thereafter.
- Students who have earned a minimum of a 2.0 high school GPA and maintain a 2.5 GPA while enrolled while enrolled at Ivy Tech.
- Students who have completed the FAFSA.
- Enrolled in credit-bearing and workforce-focused courses towards attainment of a certificate, certification or degree at Ivy Tech.
- Students must enroll at Ivy Tech during the Summer, Fall or Spring term after their commencement from high school starting in Fall 2019.
“If Jeffersonville is going to remain competitive in today’s economy, we must develop an educated and skilled workforce,” said Moore. “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.”
The City of Jeffersonville, through its Redevelopment Commission, will commit $150,000 of Tax Increment Funds (TIF) per year over the next five years to fund “Jeffersonville’s Promise.” The program will be administered by Ivy Tech and is intended to be a last dollar scholarship; meaning students must first accept all federal aid, local aid and other scholarships.
“This is an exciting partnership that will give every Jeff High graduate access to quality education and training,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Travis Haire. “With the help of the City of Jeffersonville, we’re making college more affordable for so many families. Jeffersonville’s Promise is an example of how we can partner with local government to work together to find new and innovative ways to deliver education and training that students need.”
“Jeffersonville is experiencing unprecedented growth and development,” said Moore. “There is a shortage of trained workers to meet the demand. Investing in our kids’ education will help Jeff continue to grow.”
The City of Jeffersonville has previously committed over $400,000 of TIF dollars per year to Greater Clark County Schools. “Jeffersonville’s Promise is just the next step in our strong commitment to improving education and workforce development,” said Moore.