When historians look back at the administration of Gov. Bob Wise, one of the brightest moments will be the decision to fight for the PROMISE scholarships. A report just released shows that it paid off for 73 percent of those who attended college under the program last year.
No matter how much your family income is, PROMISE provides in-state tuition to pupils who maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in high school and earn a 21 score on the ACT entrance exam or a 1,000 on the SAT.
Once in college, students must earn a 2.75 average during their first two semesters to keep the scholarship. After that, the bar is raised, forcing them to maintain a 3.0 average.
Statewide, 73 percent kept their scholarships last year, according to Robert Morganstern, the program's director. He noted that in Georgia, which has a similar program, only 43 percent remained eligible after their first year.