$10,000 Challenge Grant Earmarked for EDGE Students

If there was ever a moment that you or your business thought to invest in your community’s youth, now is the most opportune time. Jefferson Community College (JCC) Foundation will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations from individuals and businesses made to the College’s Education Demonstrating Growth and Excellence (EDGE) Scholarship Program. Up to $10,000 has been earmarked by the Foundation for this matching gift challenge.

EDGE is Jefferson’s nationally accredited concurrent enrollment program available to high school students in Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. EDGE students take college courses at their high school during the regular school day. The courses are taught by high school teachers who are credentialed as Jefferson adjunct instructors. During JCC’s spring 2012 semester, nearly 550 students at eighteen different area schools and offsite locations took advantage of one or more of JCC’s sixty-two EDGE classes.
“The JCC Foundation wants to invest in talented local high school students who have financial need, “says Christine M. Rizzo, director of the JCC Foundation. “Our brightest students deserve the chance to earn college credit early.”  

EDGE gives college bound high school students the opportunity to start their college career early and become accustomed to the rigors of college. Some EDGE students have completed as many as 15 college credits before stepping foot on campus providing opportunities for flexibility in course load, extracurricular activities or even early graduation. EDGE college courses include, but are not limited to: mathematics, languages, history, art, music, biology, and business. Just about any course in the JCC college catalog can be offered as an EDGE course at a high school where there is an interested and qualified teacher. Participants in the EDGE program receive a reduced tuition rate of one-third the cost of tuition and now through the JCC Foundation $10,000 Challenge Grant, additional scholarships will be available.

Jefferson is one of only 33 higher education institutions across the country and one of only nine in New York State that holds National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships accreditation.  

Donations can be made directly to the Jefferson Community College Foundation, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Make checks payable to JCC Foundation and write EDGE Scholarship in the memo line of your check and specify the benefiting school district of your choice. For more information or to make a donation by phone, call the JCC Foundation at 315-786-2291.