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Greenwood Promise campaign gets $1M

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Staff Report
Published Nov. 16, 2015

The Self Family Foundation in Greenwood has given $1 million to the Greenwood Promise campaign. More than $3.5 million has been raised to establish an educational endowment that promises tuition assistance for all eligible Greenwood County high school graduates.

The program will launch in phases: Phase I will employ $5 million to secure the associate degree portion for Greenwood County graduates. Phase II includes plans to expand the program as the endowment grows to support a limited number of bachelor’s degrees that will be targeted to areas that local industry identify as critical.

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“There is no doubt that since 1942 the Self Family Foundation has made a tremendous positive impact to the Greenwood community," said Jim Pfeiffer, Greenwood Promise Campaign chairman. "This generous contribution will continue their legacy and inspire future generations to achieve their dreams through education.”

Greenwood Promise is a “last money” scholarship, meaning it will pay the remaining tuition and fees after all state scholarships, grants and Pell Grants are included. It is for tuition and fees only and is paid directly to the educational institution. The program is available for students whose primary residences are zoned within Greenwood County School Districts 50, 51 and 52.

The Greenwood Partnership Alliance kicked off the education campaign last month. Campaign organizers hope to raise $5 million over the next five years.

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