This increase is due in part to a scholarship available for only this school year that covers all of the tuition, books and fees for high school seniors who were chosen to participate. An invitation to all surrounding school district superintendents was sent out over the summer, calling for recommendations for students who would meet the criteria to enroll.
“Being able to offer scholarships to 34 students so that they may earn college credit before their high school graduation is incredibly rewarding,” said Elizabeth Perkins, provost at STLCC-Florissant Valley. “We are proud to offer this opportunity and excited to continue building even stronger partnerships with our area high schools.”
This fall semester, 48 students in this program will come from the following school districts: Hazelwood, Ferguson/Florissant, Jennings, Special School District, Normandy and Ritenour.
“These students will get a head-start on college and will benefit immensely from this program, finding a new sense of independence while receiving support and encouragement to achieve their goals,” said James Gillespie, director of the Gateway to College program.
The Gateway to College program offers an opportunity for participants, ages 16 to 20, to earn a high school diploma while earning college credit toward an associate degree or certificate.
The Emerson STEM Academy works to provide opportunities for students through dual credit and dual enrollment, so that students will be STEM-ready upon graduation.
Both programs offer high school students additional support and opportunities to increase opportunities for success.