Booker Promise Looks to Community for Scholarship Support

The Giving Coast

A student’s zip code should not have more influence on her success than the dreams she holds in her heart. This was the tenet that started Booker Promise Foundation, a scholarship initiative aimed at helping Booker High students enter the workforce without college debt. Providing mentorship, tutoring, and career planning, Booker Promise assists select high school freshmen until they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Upon graduation, they are eligible for funding covering the cost of tuition and fees for an associate degree or technical certificate at a qualifying public Florida college. The effort recently caught the attention of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, which will be matching all donations made to the organization up to $150,000. Funds will be used to purchase Florida Prepaid Scholarships for participating students.“ The weight of student loans should not be a deterrent for students who deserve an investment in their future,” says Teri A Hansen, President and CEO of Barancik Foundation. “

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