Nearly 481 scholarships totaling about $2.45 million have been awarded this year to forward-thinking local high school seniors thanks to the Richmond Promise.
The students are set to be honored Wednesday at the third annual Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration at Richmond Memorial Auditorium from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ebony Lewis, a Richmond native who is the executive director of undergraduate admissions at UC Davis, is slated to provide keynote remarks. The first hour of the event will feature a college resources fair.
The Richmond Promise is a nonprofit that was established in 2014 by Richmond City Council, which set aside $35 million from a $90 million community benefits agreement with the Chevron Richmond Refinery connected to the $1 billion Chevron Richmond Modernization Project.
The scholarship program offers high school seniors from Richmond and North Richmond $1,500 annually to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university, or a Career Technical Education Program. Additionally, the Promise provides support in financial aid applications and college preparedness and serves as a home base of support for college students through the completion of their degrees.
For the 481 members of the Class of 2018 who became “Richmond Promise Scholars” this year, that’s certainly something to look forward to, and also to celebrate.
“The Scholars Celebration is a community-wide event to honor Richmond Promise Class of 2018 Scholars, recognize our education and civic partnerships critical to their success, and celebrate what the Richmond Promise means to the community,” said Jessie Stewart, Richmond Promise executive director.