A Grace College student is quoted in a story in yesterday’s Northwest Indiana Times. The story tells about the College Bound program, which provides financial assistance to residents of Hammond, Ind., who want to attend college. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article.
College Bound helps Hammond students achieve educational dreams
For more than a decade, the City of Hammond has helped hundreds of students achieve their financial dreams by providing financial assistance.
The College Bound program was conceived in 2006 to help retain homeowners and attract new ones to Hammond, stabilize neighborhoods, and have families put an emphasis on education, all the while making education more affordable.
Students who meet the eligibility requirements can qualify for up to $10,500 annually to offset the cost of tuition at an accredited school in Indiana, said Sharon Daniels, the College Bound Coordinator. Students can qualify for up to $42,000 over four years. …
Martin Schiele finished his freshman year at Grace College this year. He had completed his 160 hours of required community service before he began his freshman year of college and is employed by the City of Hammond this summer.
The program not only helped relieve the financial burden of school for himself and his parents, but he is also hoping it could lead to a job for the city after graduation.
“The $10,500 I got my first year made it almost a full ride scholarship,” he said. “My sister is graduating this year, too, and is going to use the program. Having two kids in college, without this help, would have been really hard on my parents.”