Corbett, Senator Ward, PASSHE Chancellor Frank T. Brogan, Postsecondary
Education Leaders Advocate for “Ready to Succeed” Scholarship Program
benefit middle-income students
Youngwood – Gov. Tom Corbett, Sen. Kim Ward
(R-Westmoreland) and PASSHE Chancellor Frank T. Brogan today were joined by
students, postsecondary education leaders and lawmakers at Westmoreland County
Community College to share details about the “Ready to Succeed” Scholarship
Program. This merit-based program would provide financial assistance to
middle-income students attending any postsecondary education institution in
from middle-income families oftentimes do not qualify for state grants,” Corbett
said. “The ‘Ready to Succeed’ Scholarship Program provides students with
much-needed financial assistance to reduce the amount of debt they incur while
pursuing postsecondary education.”
Gov. Corbett’s proposed 2014-15 state budget, the “Ready to Succeed”
Scholarship Program would be available to students whose family has a gross
income of up to $110,000, annually adjusted for inflation.
1361, authored by Sen. Ward, would create the “Ready to Succeed” Scholarship
Program within the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).
to Succeed’ Scholarship Program is landmark legislation that finally gives
middle-income families more flexibility and options when mapping out a
postsecondary education for their children,” Ward said.
will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available to
students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in college.
Eligible students must have and maintain a grade point average of 3.25.
$2,000 annually would be awarded to full-time students and up to $1,000 each
year would be awarded to part-time students.
Fleming, a student at Westmoreland County Community College, stated, “As a
single mom of twins, this scholarship will really help me with college
expenses, such as textbooks as I prepare to enter the nursing program.
I’ve worked hard to achieve a 3.46 grade point average and I appreciate that
the scholarship takes into account not only financial need but performance and a
commitment to degree completion.”
estimated that 80 percent of scholarship recipients have not previously
received financial assistance through the PHEAA State Grant program.
universities of the State System are dedicated to providing high-quality,
affordable educational opportunities to Pennsylvania's families, and Governor
Corbett’s proposed program would help many of our students achieve their dream
of earning a college degree while reducing their potential debt. The Board of
Governors and I applaud this initiative and encourage the General Assembly to
support this kind of smart, targeted investment in Pennsylvania’s future,” said
Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher
Colleges provide a critical role in accessing higher education and preparing
graduates to enter the workforce or to transfer to the four-year college of
their choice. At the same time, a growing number of lower- and
middle-income students need additional financial assistance to help pay their
college expenses. The Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program will provide
additional financial support for a diverse group of students,” said Dr. Quintin
Bullock, president of the Community College of Allegheny County.”
most grateful for the governor’s support for allowing state money to follow the
student, thereby allowing families to choose whether their students will attend
public or private, two-year or four-year, profit or non-profit institutions,“
said Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., Ph.D., president of Saint Vincent College,
speaking on behalf of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
of Pennsylvania. “Especially, we appreciate that this legislation will
assist the families who are most burdened by college expenses; those who make
too much money to receive Pell or PHEAA funds, but not enough to cover the
expenses of a college education.”
Corbett is committed to working with lawmakers to ensure that this program is
included in the final 2014-15 state budget.
imperative that this scholarship program remains part of the final budget
agreement,” Corbett said. “I want to thank Senator Ward for introducing
legislation to move this proposal forward, and I also want to thank the
lawmakers, higher education leaders and students who joined with me today in
support of this initiative.”
Contact: Tim Eller,