LeBron’s “I Promise” school is in its third year of operation and had some excellent news for its inaugural graduating class. The oldest class of students are currently in their junior year, and they got some great news from Kent University. Representatives from Kent State surprised the 11th-grade-students with the announcement of free tuition and one year of room and board.
They will be eligible for the free tuition offer from Kent State beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. Although free, the program does come with a few stipulations: to be eligible for the free tuition, I PROMISE students must be successfully admitted to Kent State, fill out required financial aid forms, and complete a requisite number of community service hours each semester.
“Kent State loves what we’re doing. We’ve always had a great relationship with Kent State and Akron (University). They love what we’ve been doing at the IPS (I Promise School). We love the University as well. It’s always mutual when we’re able to come together for something like that. To be able to give free tuition to my inaugural kids at my (school) — it’s crazy. Free tuition for four years. They get to decide if they want to get free tuition (at Kent State) or go to Akron U. We have so many options. I just know that so many kids in my community just don’t have many options. So for me to be in a position where I could give these kids an option to decide what they want to do with their future, it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever done.”LeBron James, via Dave McMenamin
Given his track record, there was no doubt that “I Promise” wasn’t just a spur of the moment thing or a PR stunt for LeBron. Still, it’s great to see that students have even more options to continue their education at the college level, something kids who qualify for “I Promise” could only dream of.