Berea College’s Knox Promise Neighborhood Partnering with Area Colleges to Offer Postsecondary Support to Local Students


Corbin and Knox County high school seniors who plan to attend one of six partner colleges this fall can get a boost when making the transition to college through a free Knox Promise Neighborhood program.

The Promise Scholars Postsecondary Transition Program will provide a supportive community of scholars, workshops and technology devices for students graduating from Barbourville High School, Corbin High School, Lynn Camp High School and Knox Central High School and enrolling as freshmen in Fall 2019 at one of the following schools: Somerset Community College, Southeast Community College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Union College, or University of the Cumberlands.

Interested seniors should attend the Promise Scholars kick-off event on April 11 to hear from each school and ask questions about the program. The event, which will include dinner for students and family members, will be held at Lynn Camp Baptist Church, 215 Lynn Camp Church Road, Corbin (just off 25E), on Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students can RSVP by March 29 to their high school’s Promise Neighborhood school coordinator (Arthur Canada, Lynn Camp; Robin Wright, Knox Central; Heather Martinez, Corbin; and Kara Beth Thompson, Barbourville).

Once in the program, each scholar will receive a complimentary Chromebook, have access to workshops and seminars to enhance their success on campus, be considered for paid Knox Promise Neighborhood internships on campus when available, and join a community of other scholars from the area, which will offer social events planned just for scholars.

Before graduating from high school, students must submit an application for the Promise Scholars program, complete at least two college transition workshops (offered at each local high school), research their college of choice and meet their chosen college’s postsecondary navigator (opportunities will be provided locally).

As a college student, scholars will meet with the postsecondary navigator monthly, complete two college transition workshops on campus, and complete a community service project with Knox Promise Scholars.

Students (or parents) can get additional details about the Promise Scholars program from the Promise Neighborhood school coordinator at each high school.

Berea College has been awarded Federal Promise Neighborhood funds by the U.S. Department of Education for the Knox Promise Neighborhood (2017-2021). The total project cost is $45 million of which $30 million (67 percent) comes from federal Promise Neighborhood funds and $15 million (33 percent) from non-federal funds.