YMCA PROMISE PROGRAM SPONSORS COLLEGE NIGHT AT NORTHVIEW BASKETBALL GAME
This Friday, February 15th, Program to give away $100 college scholarships; PLUS all kindergarten students receive free admission and concessions!
[Wabash Valley, IN] 02/2019)— The YMCA of the Wabash Valley Promise Program is providing students in the community a unique opportunity to start saving for college while they’re still young. This Friday, February 15th, the Promise Program is giving a $100 college scholarship to one Clay County kindergarten student and one Clay County twelfth grade student at the Northview vs. Clay City basketball game at Northview High School in Brazil, IN. Plus, all kindergarten students will be admitted to the ballgame for free and will get free concessions.
“Join us on Friday to start a CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Account for your child,” commented Promise Coordinator Tammy Kikta. “A student with dedicated funds for education knows his or her future is bright, and people are saving for that future! Don’t forget to take your picture with local college mascots. This is the first event of its kind for our community and we are really excited about the possibilities it holds for our students.”
During the game, local school counselors as well as college admissions teams from Indiana State University, Ivy Tech, Saint Mary of the Woods, and Indiana University will be available with scholarship information for students.
The goal of The Promise Program is to give kids the exposure to the possibility of higher education at an early age so they can begin planning. This spring, The Promise Program students will experience a college campus through hands-on activities and meet college students to learn about possible future areas of study and careers. Clay County Promise is helping to create a culture of student success and hope for the future.
A 529 account can be used to pay for education tuition expenses for elementary, middle, and high schools (private, public or religious). Money saved in a 529 plan can also be used to pay expenses associated with college or other post-secondary training institutions. Eligible schools include any college, university, vocational school, or other post-secondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education.
Contributors to the program currently include Eli Lilly, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Guys Who Give, as well as additional anonymous community support. Donations to support the Promise are invested into each student’s 529 account beginning with $25 from the community. The child identifies champions who will also add $25 to the account. The community adds an additional $75 to the account, resulting in a minimum of $125.
At the end of the Program, College Choice will send the money invested directly to the student’s school of choice. If the student decides not to attend, the money is deposited back into the community-owned 529 omnibus account. The account beneficiary can also be changed to a relative. The Promise Program is in line with the YMCA’s goal to better the community through Youth Development, Social Responsibility and Healthy Living.
About the YMCA of the Wabash Valley
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Wabash Valley the Y services over 7,00 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – with the focus on developing youth and teens, improving the community’s health and well-being, and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information call 812-442-6761.