CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Delegate Jill Upson, R-Jefferson, today announced she has asked the state Higher Education Policy Commission to extend the March 1 deadline for applying for the PROMISE Scholarship until after the end of the current statewide school work stoppage.
Delegate Upson, a member of the House Education Committee, has sent a letter to HEPC Chancellor Paul Hill asking the deadline be extended until seven days after the statewide teachers and service personnel strike has ended.
“I’ve been hearing from my constituents that, because of the statewide work stoppage that began February 22, some students have not been able to meet the deadline to apply for the PROMISE Scholarship,” Delegate Upson said. “I don’t think it’s fair that students should suffer because of circumstances beyond their control.”
Delegate Upson said that, because schools are currently closed, students have not been able to talk to their guidance counselors about college financial aid.
“Many students find it necessary to meet with their guidance counselors to help them with completing their application packages,” Delegate Upson said. “I believe it’s warranted, under these extreme circumstances, to extend the PROMISE application deadline to make sure our students are able to apply for this essential financial aid.”