As a result of GRAD’s success in the Lower 48, in 2003 the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District invited Project GRAD to work with its lower-performing schools on the Kenai Peninsula. We are located in Homer, Alaska and we work with seven schools on the Kenai Peninsula; Nanwalek, Ninilchik, Nikolaevsk, Port Graham, Razdolna, Tyonek and Voznesenka.
Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula’s (PGKP) middle and high school program provides the support to strengthen middle and high school academics and to ensure success in college. At the heart of the PGKP high school program is the college scholarship.
PGKP scholarships are fundamental in helping students overcome extraordinary challenges to fulfill their promise of high school graduation and college education. Privately funded at $1,000 per year for up to four years, they are available to GRAD scholars who meet eligibility requirements and enroll in an accredited college or technical school. A contract signed by a student in his/her freshman year formalizes these requirements and serves as both a guide and motivation for GRAD scholars and their families.
In its first graduating class in 2007, fourteen out of the nineteen PGKP graduating scholars (73%) reached the academic milestone of enrolling in post-secondary studies. 62% of these are the first generation of their family to attend college. Over the next 3 years, PGKP projects graduating 43 scholars qualifying for scholarships. Sustaining PGKP’s scholarship program is increasingly pivotal in supporting the dreams and potential of our young adults.
Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula acknowledges and thanks the donors who have generously contributed to the Scholarship Fund.
Please consider joining them and making a difference in the life of a youth and Alaska’s future.