U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley today announced a $5 million grant for online high school and college campuses in North Carolina.
The announcement comes as the state of North Carolina is poised to begin accepting applications for its first-ever competitive high school online program.
The initiative, known as “College for All,” is the largest of its kind in the nation.
Cummings and Haley said they were thrilled to announce the grant and the program would be a model for other states to follow.
Cumings noted that North Carolina has been in the forefront of high school education for decades and said that he was proud to be part of the state’s mission to make a difference for students and their families.
“We are fortunate to be a leader in the movement toward a world where every child has the opportunity to learn,” he said.
“North Carolina will be a beacon for this cause.”
The $5,000 grant will be used to pay for the costs of running the program, according to the press release.
Cameron County Public Schools Superintendent Michael Parson said the grant will help provide the “best education possible” for students.
“This program will create a pathway to college for all, including students who have fallen behind and students who want to make the transition to college,” he wrote in a news release.
“This program also gives a great boost to our high school population, who are already struggling to pay off their loans and are not eligible for this grant.”
The grant will cover tuition and room and board, plus the costs associated with applying to colleges.
Students can apply for the grant at North Carolina’s Department of Education website.
Cox and Haley also announced an additional $3.5 billion for the state to help low-income students get through college.
They said the new money will be spent to help ensure that every North Carolinian can access the skills, knowledge and opportunities that enable them to succeed.
The money will help pay for “a wide array of student and adult support services, including: