400 more Richmond Promise scholars headed to college

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Photo by Stanley Morales from Pexels
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By Kathy Chouteau

Four hundred college-bound scholars from Richmond will be honored at the virtual Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration on May 26 at 5 p.m., the organization announced. The event will include a lineup of guest speakers yet to be announced.

This 2021 class of scholars is poised to join a burgeoning number of more than 1,300 current scholars from Richmond who are attending 100 colleges and universities nationwide as part of the seven-year-old Richmond Promise.

The community-wide college success initiative aims to build a college graduating culture in Richmond. The organization’s mission is realized, in part, through its Richmond Promise Scholarship—a $1,500 college scholarship that’s renewable for up to four years and available to all college-bound high school seniors who live in Richmond and North Richmond. It also provides a continuum of support to scholars surrounding the areas of financial aid, academics and college acclimation.

Seven years ago, Richmond Promise was established by a $35 million investment from Chevron Richmond, which was part of a larger $90 million environmental and community investment agreement with the City of Richmond related to the Refinery Modernization Project.

To RSVP for the free, virtual Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration, click here. For info about sponsorship opportunities, contact Maribel Rodriguez at mrodriguez@richmondpromise.org. Learn more about Richmond Promise and its scholarship here.