This week marked the 10th year of PROMISE Scholarships - the $4,750 financial aid package to West Virginia students who attain certain academic achievements and plan to further their education at an in-state school.
At Elkins High School, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin personally presented 45 students with the awards. During the ceremony, he said, "With this scholarship we are investing in you, and in a few years, with your degree in hand, I hope that you will invest in us here for our future."
In the coming week, scores of other students throughout the region will be among the 3,200 statewide PROMISE Scholarship recipients. That amounts to $15.2 million West Virginia is putting toward students' education. The return could be invaluable.
The knowledge and skills these students can put to work for their home state can make us stronger and more competitive.
It is our hope that when the students complete their educations, jobs will be available and together they can help West Virginia prosper.