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Mayor's program sending students to college for free kicks off

Posted at 8:21 AM, Jun 25, 2018

On Monday, a new program begins to help high school graduates in Baltimore go to college.

The Mayor's Scholars Program will cover their tuition costs at two local colleges. The program was announced last December giving 200-300 city students the ability to go to college without bearing the financial burden.

The students will get a head start on the transition from high school to college with the Summer Bridge Program. which begins on Monday. Mayor Pugh's office is partnering with Baltimore City Community College and Coppin State.

Students can get an associate's degree or certificate in a job training program at BCCC, and if they want to get a bachelor's degree they can continue on at Coppin State, which will help foot the tuition bill.

The city budgeted about $1.5 million for the program this year. The mayor expects about 10 percent of the city's 4,000 graduates to take advantage of the scholar's program each year.