Steve Kim, the CEO of Sand Canyon Country Club in Canyon Country, presented a check for $50,000 to College of the Canyons’ First-Year Promise program (FYP) last month. Students in the FYP program are full-time freshmen and receive waived tuition and fees during their first year at COC.
The Sand Canyon Country Club Scholars contribution is a two-year commitment, which will support 50 FYP students.
“We are very grateful for Sand Canyon Country Club’s donation toward the First-Year Promise program,” said Steve Corn, chairman of the COC Foundation. “This sizable donation will make the dreams and goals of 50 FYP students a reality.”
Aside from receiving free tuition, FYP students enroll in a one-year sequence of courses with priority registration, preceded by summer orientation to learn about majors and receive academic guidance. FYP courses are offered with the benefits of Open Educational Resources (OER) textbooks and other learning community elements.
“Obtaining an education can open doors and lead to success,” said Kim. “It is my honor to support College of the Canyons in its goal to make high-quality education accessible to all students, regardless of their financial situation.”
Each student receives a $100 voucher per semester that can be applied toward other supplies and instructional materials. In addition, participating students also benefit from ongoing counseling and student support to help them reach their academic goals. Applications for the 2018 First-Year Promise class will be available April 1.
To ensure the continued success of FYP, which launched in the fall, the COC Foundation has committed to fundraising $500,000 over the next two years. For more information about the program and how to make a donation, visit Firstyearpromise.com.