New West Virginia University PROMISE Scholars and their parents are invited to a reception from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the WVU Student Recreation Center on WVU s Evansdale Campus. The event is part of WVU s Fall Family Weekend Sept. 23-25 lineup of activities.

This years reception marks the first time in the programs history that there is a full contingency of scholars attending WVU .

We are pleased to welcome 1,300 new PROMISE Scholars to campus this fall, putting the total at more than 4,200the most of any college or university in West Virginia,said WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr.Half of our first-time in-state students are PROMISE Scholars, and they come from all 55 counties.

WVU students make up 43 percent of the total number of PROMISE Scholars in the state, he noted, and the average grade-point average of this years PROMISE freshmen is 3.79.

The PROMISE Scholarship program continues to offer good students the opportunity to attend college tuition-free,said Brenda Thompson, assistant vice president of Enrollment Management.The reception is a great way to honor their achievements.

Hardesty and Lisa DeFrank-Cole, executive director of the PROMISE program, will be on hand to welcome an estimated 200 students and family members.

Its an exciting time to see the first four full classes of PROMISE Scholars enrolled at the same time,DeFrank-Cole said.Were also very pleased and proud of WVU for graduating a few students with baccalaureate degrees after three years. We know there are good things going on at WVU .

The PROMISE (Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-state Student Excellence) Scholarship program, approved by the Legislature in 1999, offers thousands of West Virginia high school graduates a full-tuition scholarship to a state college or university or an equivalent dollar scholarship to an in-state private college.

The program is based on a students academic achievement. The student must graduate with a 3.0 grade point average in the core and overall coursework and have a composite ACT score of at least 21, or a combined SAT score of 1000 ( with a minimum ACT sub score of 20 in all subject areas or a minimum score of 490 on the verbal section and a 480 on the math section of the SAT ).

On the Net:http://www.promisescholarships.org/