Baylor's Project Promise helps youth

Channel 6 news reporter Jasmin Caldwell reports.

WACO - Despite funding cuts, Baylor educators said they are thrilled to be able to continue helping low income Waco ISD students prepare for college. 

The enrichment program called Project Promise was funded by a grant through the City of Waco, and Baylor University found a new way to help some talented kids in need. 

Project Promise has helped Waco ISD students for almost 20 years. The program provides scholarships to 60 gifted students to attend Baylor for three weeks, take courses, and experience the college lifestyle.

However, earlier in July, the City of Waco decided not to give the program $37,000 for funding in order to save money. 

Project directors said the program has proven to be a success for students. 

"We've had many success stories," University For Young People Co-Director Paula Gardner said. "94 percent of our graduating project promise students have attended higher education and that statistic is remarkable considering what is typical of low income students."

At a city council meeting last week, students stood before the council to express why the city should continue to fund the program.

The students said they are happy about receiving the new grant.

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