Follow-Up: Free College Scholarships From Oil Company Revitalizes Town

Follow-Up: Free College Scholarships From Oil Company Revitalizes Town

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 Since the announcement last year that every child graduating from El Dorado’s high school would be granted college tuition — regardless of grades or income — the town in Arkansas has seen a renaissance. “The percentage of graduating seniors attending college has risen from about 60 percent to 81 percent…” 

“It chokes me up,” says the art teacher. “Those students started crying, realizing that something was for them, finally, and that everybody was going to get to go (to college).” Now three other cities in America are setting up similar programs — in Kalamazoo, Pittsburgh and Denver. (Christian Science Monitor )

NOTE: The original announcement was featured in the Good News Network Top 10 Good News of 2007.

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