TJC Promise: Providing a Path to Higher Education

Feb 14, 2017 by

promise_scholarshipA bold, new scholarship initiative has been launched in honor of TJC’s 90th anniversary: The TJC Promise.

Recognizing the need to build a college-going culture that will strengthen the workforce of the future, communities nationwide are creating opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to attend college.

The pioneer of the “promise scholarship” movement – Michigan’s Kalamazoo Promise – was launched in 2005 and has helped almost 5,000 students achieve a college education.

In 2014, the Rusk TJC Citizens Promise – Texas’ first community-based promise program – was created in partnership with Citizens 1st Bank, the James I. Perkins Family Foundation and Tyler Junior College, offering TJC scholarships to qualifying Rusk High School seniors. The first Rusk Promise cohort graduated from TJC in May 2016.

The new TJC Promise will provide an earned scholarship to eligible high school students within the College’s tax district. The program has been developed by leadership of TJC and surrounding school districts.

Beginning in 2020, qualifying graduates can receive up to two years of tuition and fees at TJC. Students earn the TJC Promise scholarship by meeting certain standards during their high school years based on academic achievement, persistence and community service. These scholarship standards will promote positive behaviors to ensure that students are on a path to success in high school, college and beyond.

To ensure the success of the new scholarship program, the College is embarking on the most ambitious fundraising effort in its 90-year history, the Campaign for the TJC Promise. The goal is to raise $20 million in private gifts to underwrite a dedicated endowment. An anonymous lead contributor has made an extraordinary $5 million commitment and challenges others to invest in the future of East Texas students.

Please consider giving to the TJC Promise and providing a path to higher education for generations of students.

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Community, Winter 2017

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Elise Mullinix is Tyler Junior College's Editorial Manager. She can be reached at 903-510-2370 or at