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Upstate Giving, July 6, 2020

Staff Report //July 6, 2020//

Upstate Giving, July 6, 2020

Staff Report //July 6, 2020//

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OneSpartanburg funds program to help graduates reach college

John Stockwell, executive director of the Spartanburg Academic Movement and OneSpartanburg CEO post with check. (Photo/Provided)OneSpartanburg is putting $10,000 toward a Spartanburg Academic Movement program geared to help high school graduates reach college enrollment through mentorship and financial aid.

The program, called Smart Start, will link 23 volunteer mentors with more than 100 Spartanburg High School graduates via text.

"Our analysis has shown that over 19% of our students across Spartanburg County that have said they're going to college are not actually enrolling. We need to change that," Meghan Smith, director of college and career readiness for the Spartanburg Academic Movement, said in a news release.

Students who complete the program and enroll in a college or university can have up to $250 in technology fees or book costs covered by the program.

“We at Spartanburg High School are so appreciative of this opportunity for our recent graduates,” Piper Holmes, assistant director of guidance, said in the news release. “Our most sincere thanks to OneSpartanburg for the generous donation and Spartanburg Academic Movement for the partnership to help ensure these targeted students follow through with all the steps to enroll in college.”

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