LIBERAL, Kan. — A new bill signed by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly establishes a scholarship program that will benefit Seward County Community College students and the community. Kelly signed House Bill 2064, known as the Kansas Promise Scholarship Act, Friday, April 23.
Designed to increase access to community colleges and technical institutions, the bill provides scholarships to students who enroll in associate degree, career and technical education certificate, or stand-alone programs approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.
“We’re still waiting for all the details to be spelled out, but the Promise Act is good news for SCCC,” said college president Brad Bennett. “Basically, it’s going to remove barriers for our students, and make college even more affordable so people can get their education and get to work.”
Kelly described the bill as “my administration’s promise to invest in our students and in our businesses to create opportunities for all Kansans, in every corner of the state.”
“I want to thank the Legislature for working with me, in a bipartisan fashion, to ensure Kansas students have access to the resources they need to succeed and build a robust pipeline of skilled workers to support future economic growth,” she stated.
Bennett noted that legislators have included important guidelines s for scholarship recipients, including a state residency requirement during and after completion of the program.
“We’ll be looking at the best ways to promote the Kansas Promise at Seward as more information becomes available,” he said.