Governor Corbett Visits Lebanon Valley College and Urges Action on Scholarship Proposal
Governor Corbett recently visited Lebanon Valley College to discuss his proposed Ready to Succeed Scholarship program, a $25 million appropriation that would help increase college accessibility and decrease the student loan debt burden on middle income students in Pennsylvania. The governor spoke to a crowd of presidents and vice presidents from 40 Pennsylvania colleges and universities at the campus in Annville on Thursday, April 17th.
"I believe that when it comes to our students in Pennsylvania, a little help at the right time can make a world of difference," said Governor Corbett. "The Ready to Succeed Scholarship is our way to securing a better future for students, giving them a ladder to another level of success."
The scholarship program would provide $2,000 to sophomores, juniors and seniors whose family income is less than $110,000 per year and who have a GPA of 3.25 or higher. The merit-based program would be administered by PHEAA and would enhance the existing PHEAA grant program. Tens of thousands of students across the Commonwealth would benefit from the scholarship program.
AICUP President Don Francis said, “AICUP applauds Governor Corbett for including new funds in his budget proposal to help middle income students and their families pay for college. Recent research shows that students from middle income families actually assume the most student loan debt because they are generally not eligible for federal and state student grant aid, yet do not have sufficient income to pay tuition and other expenses out of pocket. With his proposal, Governor Corbett addresses this problem in the most efficient and direct way by targeting new state dollars to this group of middle income students.”
"Governor Corbett's proposal to provide grants to middle-class students fulfills the very essence of our mission at Lebanon Valley College, which is expanding access to higher education," said LVC President Dr. Lewis E. Thayne. "I am gratified that so many of my colleagues are here to learn more about this very important initiative to make college more affordable as it becomes increasingly necessary in today's economy."
AICUP, a vocal supporter of scholarship opportunities for middle income students, has been working with legislators to support increased funding for student aid and focused the messaging of its 2014 Student Lobby Day on the Ready to Succeed Scholarships.
To learn more about the Ready to Succeed Scholarships and to get involved and email your legislator, please visit the PA Alliance for Student Support Web site at www.pastudentsupport.org. To download a template letter of support, please click here. View more pictures from the event on AICUP's Facebook page.