ERIC Number: ED472502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep-19
Lifelong Learning Scholarship Program (L3).
The LifeLong Learning (L3) Scholarship Program was developed for Johnston County, North Carolina in 1992 and was expected to continue until July 2003. An evaluation was conducted of the program, using data from various sources. The L3 program depended on private donations to guarantee students in Johnston County the opportunity for higher education. All students in the school system were eligible, regardless of family income or financial circumstances. The L3 program specified that the county would provide each high school graduate with a scholarship share to use for tuition and books for each year they were in high school. Students were required to explore regular financial aid avenues, with outside monies received decreasing the L3 grants. Students and their parents had to agree to certain conditions, including parent-supervised study and some volunteer community service. The program also had a mentorship component, with community members recruited as mentors. The first L3 class enrolled 753 of 1,149 ninth graders, and it was projected that in 1996, the first year L3 students would graduate, $150,000 would be needed. By 2000, there were 845 shares left, belonging to students who did not intend to continue their education. Over the L3 period, an increase of 12% to 18% was seen for postsecondary attendance for graduates of small high schools, and the graduates from the large high schools who attended college increased by 15%. In the end, the L3 program may have fallen victim to its own success. So many students participated that the program was difficult to fund. Planners did not expect the degree of participation of students and parents that occurred. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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