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Aug 6, 2018

FVCC’s Running Start Program Receives Scholarship Grant from AT&T

Pictured left to right: Alanna Glennon, Shannon Lund, Jane Karas, Braven Neater, Tara Thue, Kaitlyn Bulik.

AT&T Aspire recently awarded the FVCC Foundation $15,350 to support scholarships for Running Start students during the 2018-19 school year.

The Running Start program provides eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get an affordable start on their education by earning college credits while still in high school.  The AT&T Aspire scholarships will be awarded to low-income, underserved and underrepresented students.

“While the first six FVCC credits are offered at no cost for in-district high school students, and subsequent courses are offered at a significantly reduced cost, many students cannot afford to enroll in additional college courses,” FVCC President Jane Karas said.  “AT&T’s generous investment in FVCC will make a powerful impact on high school students striving to get a jump start on their educational and career goals.”

During the 2017-18 academic year, 459 high school students participated in Running Start during fall semester, 519 students participated during spring semester and 119 students participated this summer.

An education initiative of the telecommunications and media company, AT&T Aspire is committed to supporting organizations that implement verifiable, evidenced-based interventions focused on improving high school retention rates and preparing students for college or career.

For more information about Running Start, contact Beth Romain (406) 756-3923 or, or visit