The Richmond Promise Scholarship
The core of the Richmond Promise model is a community-wide scholarship of up to $6,000 over four years that can be used at any 2-year, 4-year, or CTE post-secondary institution. We are proud to support multiple pathways to higher education. There are currently 936 Scholars attending 98 different colleges and universities across the country.
We work with students from all eligible schools to complete our scholarship application on-time. But completing the application is just where we begin. Once a student becomes a Richmond Promise Scholar, we work with them through the transition between high school and college to make sure they enroll full-time and on-time. Then we support our Scholars all the way through graduation through our college success programming.
Our goal is to ensure our Scholars not only make it to college, but graduate with the tools and experience necessary to thrive in their career of choice.
As a Richmond Promise Scholar, students receive the following college access and success supports:
Accessing College: Summer Success Workshops
The Summer between high school graduation and college is a vital time for our Scholars. To ensure Scholars are enrolling full-time and on-time, we hold mandatory Summer Success Workshops. These Workshops are designed to help students with key deadlines, financial aid interpretation, and college success tips. Our outcomes suggest these interventions matter. Over the past two years, there has been a 20% increase in the number of Richmond Promise Scholars who enroll full time and on-time the fall after their senior year.
Similar to our College Awareness Near-Peer Ambassador program, we hire recent high school graduates and current Richmond Promise Scholars as Summer Associates to support the delivery of these workshops and to provide specialized guidance for students during this transition period. While these Scholars are helping us deliver our program, they are also gaining valuable work experience and professional development opportunities.
Succeeding Through College
The Richmond Promise scholars attend 79 different colleges & universities. To help support our scholars to college graduation, we provide the following:
- College & University Partnerships – Richmond Promise has formalized partnerships with the following colleges and universities that provide additional wraparound support and services to our Scholars.
- College Success Coaching – Individualized coaching has been proven to increase the chances of a student attaining their degree.
- Career Mentorship – We match Richmond leaders with Scholars to help them prepare for their future careers.
- Campus Peer Networks – We connect Richmond Promise Scholars with their peers on campus to provide a peer network of social and academic support.
Learn more about our Scholars and the impact of these programs here.