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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) North Central Texas College Chancellor Dr. G. Brent Wallace addresses the Graham ISD school board Wednesday regarding the Red River Promise program through the college.

NCTC offering college coverage program for GHS student graduates

Next year, Graham High School in partnership with North Central Texas College will be a Red River Promise campus which will allow graduating seniors to receive support services and the cost of tuition and fees covered for credit courses up to two years, or 60 credit hours.

The program is being offered through NCTC in Montague County, Cooke County and through Graham ISD for graduating seniors in 13 promise schools. The program has been introduced to civic clubs in Graham through NCTC Graham Director Dr. Magen Bunyard who also spoke on the program Wednesday.

“Red River Promise is a last dollar scholarship that covers tuition, the cost of classes, at partner colleges, and it offers a success coach and for our 2022 graduates from participating high schools, including Graham High School,” she said. “We are partnering with the Greater Texas Foundation, and a variety of other organizations to create this program. We are one of three rural community colleges participating. It’s Grayson College, Tyler Junior College and NCTC. (...) NCTC has three participating campuses, Graham, Bowie and Gainesville. The goals are to increase access to affordable college pathways (...), reduce financial barriers (...), support NCTC students and provide that last dollar scholarship funding that will cover any gap between what a student’s state and federal financial aid covers and the cost of attending NCTC.”

Between January 18 and March 1, a celebration will be hosted at GHS where students will come out a pledge to become a Red River Promise Scholar. The details for the event are still being organized by NCTC, but the promise will be made by seniors to a college of their choice.

“The promise pledge is students committing to their future, to opportunities. It is not committing to a specific college, but it is committing to looking at their opportunities for the future and pursuing pathways that will help them learn and grow. And so students will have an opportunity to sign or participate in the pledge through their high school,” Bunyard said.

For the rest of the story, see the Dec. 11 edition of The Graham Leader.

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