Promising Futures - College support for every student in Richmond

By Matt Larson

We can’t promise that all students in West County will pursue a higher education, but something called The Promise Movement is a force embarking toward just that.

At only three years in operations, Richmond Promise has provided scholarships to more than 900 students attending 97 colleges across the country. The number of scholarship recipients has grown every year, and 2019 is looking to continue that trend.

With a mission of creating pathways for success via community partnerships and student-driven programming, scholarships are at the core of the work being done at Richmond Promise. It’s a $1,500 scholarship that can be annually renewed, and it can be used at any 2-year, 4-year, or career technical school.

Unlike most scholarships, income and GPA do not play a factor when it comes to Richmond Promise. “We award scholarships to any student in Richmond who has dreams of going to higher education,” said Development Manager Grace Peter. “We don’t ask for financial information to determine eligibility.”

After all is said and done, Richmond Promise then asks for those details, but only to make sure that they’re reaching the entire populace and not just a certain demographic. “We want to be reflective of the Richmond community,” Grace explained. “And I think we’ve done a pretty good job of doing that.”