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W.Va. governor helps deliver PROMISE to Jefferson High School seniors

May 20, 2008

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin was in Jefferson County on Monday to hand out PROMISE scholarships to 61 Jefferson High School seniors.

Funded primarily through state lottery money, PROMISE scholarships are awarded to high school students who meet requirements such as maintaining a 3.0 grade-point average and scoring at a certain level on college entrance exams.

PROMISE scholarships pay a student's tuition at an in-state school as long as students maintain a required grade point average and credit requirements, said Jefferson High counselor Carla Hunter.

The 61 PROMISE scholarships distributed was about average for Jefferson High, Hunter said.

Manchin told students, parents and educators in the school's auditorium Monday night that today's students face unprecedented challenges in today's global economy.

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For example, China will soon have more English-speaking people than any other place in the world, Manchin said, hinting that there is something in the U.S. they are interested in.

And they won't be interested in low level jobs in the U.S., Manchin said.

But U.S. students hold an edge over Chinese students because they have the freedom to study whatever fields they wish, Manchin said.

"You've laid the foundation. It's up to you now to build. We're giving you this start," Manchin told students.

Jefferson County Board of Education members, Superintendent of Schools Susan Wall and other administrators were among those present.

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