Plymouth State College will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10 in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building in Concord, announcing a new scholarship program to recognize New Hampshire’s top scholars for their academic achievement in high school.
Over the last five years, Plymouth State has increasingly raised its admission standards and improved student performance. The new scholarship program is the next step in the process, and an effort to keep New Hampshire students in New Hampshire.
“We believe increasing the number of New Hampshire students who stay in the state to earn their college degrees will have a positive impact on the New Hampshire workforce of the future,” says PSC President Don Wharton.
The new scholarships are in direct response to the KEEP initiative -Knowledge Economy Education Plan for New Hampshire – developed by the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) along with a coalition of New Hampshire business leaders, lawmakers and educators. Its goal was to obtain capital funds for construction and renovation of USNH facilities. Earlier this year the KEEP initiative succeeded in receiving unprecedented support from the legislature with their approval of $100 million over a six-year period. To further fuel the knowledge economy of the state, KEEP wants to provide the skilled workers New Hampshire’s high-tech industry needs.