Liberty University pledges $200K to benefit high school seniors in Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Liberty University says they recently donated $200,000 to the Stay Close, Go Far Promise Scholarship Program, which is administered by Lynchburg Beacon of Hope.

The donation will benefit high school seniors in Lynchburg City Schools.

The university says they have also continued its partnership this year by supporting its students who serve as mentors in the organization’s High School Future Centers.

The donation completes the final funds which are needed to meet the $7 million Stay Close, Go Far program’s goals which are to help eliminate the financial barriers that prevent students from attending college and to both train and retain Lynchburg’s workforce to the future.

“This partnership is a perfect match for Liberty University. We want to invest in the young people in our community and help them obtain a college degree so they can fulfill their career dreams.” 

Jerry Prevo, Lynchburg University President

This is the third year that Liberty University has participated in the program, which pledges to invest up to $8,000 per student over four years to go toward tuition at a partnering higher education institution.

The university says they have close to 40 students enrolled who have been financially blessed through Beacon of Hope, which is seeing high retention rates among students.

“We continue to be humbled by and grateful for the leadership support Liberty University continues to afford Beacon of Hope. Liberty’s collective innovative thinking has been truly instrumental in the success of our career-driven programs, our student success, and the Stay Close, Go Far Scholarship since Beacon’s earliest days.” 

Laura Hamilton, Lynchburg Beacon of Hope Executive Director

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