Southern Bancorp's Delta Bridge Project established the Great River Promise scholarship program at Phillips Community College back in 2011 with a 3-year $263,000 matching grant. The purpose of the program was to help Phillips County high school graduates attend PCCUA.

Southern Bancorp’s Delta Bridge Project established the Great River Promise scholarship program at Phillips Community College back in 2011 with a 3-year $263,000 matching grant. The purpose of the program was to help Phillips County high school graduates attend PCCUA.

Rhonda St. Columbia addressed the Great Rivers Promise scholarship program at the Wednesday meeting of the Helena-West Helena Kiwanis Club.

In essence the Great Rivers Promise provides gap scholarship funding for students who have exhausted all other scholarship and financial aid programs, including Pell Grants and the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. The condition excludes loans.

Great Rivers Promise pays the difference between what students receive in scholarships and financial aid and the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at PCCUA.

To be eligible, students must:

•Attend four years at any Phillips County high school

•Graduate with a high school diploma

•Be accepted as a student at PCCUA and enroll in the fall semester after graduation

•Achieve a 95 percent attendance and punctuality record over the four years of high school

•Have no drug or drunken driving offense

Once enrolled at Phillips College, students must enroll in at least 15 credit hours per semester and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.