Americans owe $1.2 trillion in student-loan debt, and that number is growing, according to a U.S. News & World Report article published in June. In Arkadelphia, the Ross Foundation and Southern Bancorp have funded the Arkadelphia Promise to help offset the cost of college tuition for Arkadelphia High School students. This year, the program reached  [ Read More ]

Since its inception in the fall of 2010, the Arkadelphia Promise has awarded $1,175,000.00 in scholarship money to Arkadelphia High School graduates in hopes of making college a reality for all local students. Executive Director Jason Jones is pleased to announce that the Arkadelphia Promise, funded by Southern Bancorp and the Ross Foundation, has provided  [ Read More ]

Posted on Mar - 03 - 2015

Arkadelphia Promise Numbers on the Rise

Arkadelphia, Ark.-The percent of Arkadelphia High School graduates enrolling in college reached an all-time high since the creation of the Arkadelphia Promise. Promise Executive Director Jason Jones recently announced that the AHS college-going rate for 2014 graduates is 75.4 percent, the highest percent since the scholarhip program was announced in 2011, and the third consecutive  [ Read More ]

Arkadelphia, Ark. – Arkadelphia Promise Director Jason Jones recently announced several key statistics that demonstrate the effectiveness of the scholarship program available to Arkadelphia High School graduates. The most striking of the data is that AHS graduates who entered college as freshmen in the fall of 2012 returned to college in the fall of 2013  [ Read More ]

(Arkadelphia, Ark)-Not only does the Arkadelphia Promise help pay Arkadelphia graduates tuition, they also help connect students with other scholarship opportunities. In the case of John Sivils, a 2012 graduate, it really paid off to follow up with the opportunity Promise Director Jason Jones found for him and some others. Last fall a scholarship became  [ Read More ]

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.— College freshman to sophomore retention rates were recently reported for the Arkadelphia High School class of 2011 graduates. In the fall of 2012, 63 of the original 90 college students from the AHS class of 2011 returned for their sophomore year, which equals a retention rate of 70 percent. According to the Arkansas  [ Read More ]

By George Waldon 4/2/2012 The Arkadelphia Promise is nearing the completion of its freshman year, and the numbers indicate favorable returns. The scholarship program, which helps high school graduates pay for college and advanced training certificates, had a 90 percent retention rate among first-semester participants. “We think that’s pretty good,” said Jason Jones, executive director  [ Read More ]

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—The Arkadelphia Promise Executive Director, Jason Jones, announced today that the application for the Arkadelphia class of 2012 is now available. “We are here to help our Arkadelphia students go to college and help take away some of the financial burden of paying for their education.” The application for the Arkadelphia Promise can be  [ Read More ]

Arkadelphia, Ark-Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe provided the keynote address for the inaugural Arkadelphia Promise Academic Signing Day.  Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross also attended the event to help celebrate the special occasion.  The event was held in the Arkadelphia High School gymnasium. The inaugural class of the Arkadelphia Promise Scholarship qualifiers signed letters of commitment  [ Read More ]

Arkadelphia, Ark.-In honor of the inaugural class of the Arkadelphia Promise Scholarship, Arkadelphia High School will be hosting Arkadelphia Promise Academic Signing Day on Wednesday, May 18th at 1:30.  This event will be highlighted by guest speakers Governor Mike Beebe and Congressman Mike Ross.  Over 110 Arkadelphia High School seniors will participate in the ceremonial  [ Read More ]