Elevate Dual Enrollment Scholarship Program Announced

12 Feb 2020 DCL Staff
Mayor Walt Maddox and TCS superintendent Dr. Mike Daria were joined by Dr. Kevin Whitaker, University of Alabama Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Bill Ashley, Shelton State Community College President, and Dr. Cynthia Warrick, Stillman College President, for the announcement of the Elevate Tuscaloosa dual enrollment scholarship program on Jan. 13. Mayor Walt Maddox and TCS superintendent Dr. Mike Daria were joined by Dr. Kevin Whitaker, University of Alabama Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Bill Ashley, Shelton State Community College President, and Dr. Cynthia Warrick, Stillman College President, for the announcement of the Elevate Tuscaloosa dual enrollment scholarship program on Jan. 13. City of Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa City Schools’ high school students will soon benefit from a major educational initiative to make college more affordable as part of Elevate Tuscaloosa, the city’s sales tax increase approved last year.  

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox announced the launch of Elevate Dual Enrollment college scholarships on Jan. 13. 

“I want every child in the City of Tuscaloosa to have an opportunity, if they so desire, for a college education,” said Maddox. “We couldn’t do this without our higher education community.” 

The scholarships will become available beginning with the class of 2021.  

During their senior year, TCS students who qualify may take up to six hours of fully funded college credit at either The University of Alabama, Shelton State Community College, or Stillman College. This includes tuition, fees, and books. 

TCS administrators have worked with all three institutions of higher learning to identify core courses that will apply to any major. These courses will be fully funded – to include books and fees – as part of the scholarship program. 

Daria said that the scholarships underscore the work being done as part of the system’s strategic plan to provide access and equity for students.  

“This support from the City is a shining example of removing access barriers,” said Daria. “This allows us to do work that we were only able to do in pieces before, but now will be open to all students. This initiative is bringing about an unprecedented partnership between Stillman, the University and Shelton State. This is a win for everyone. This is a win for our students. This is a win for the community, and we cannot thank everyone enough.” 

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