Upstate Giving, July 6, 2020.

OneSpartanburg funds program to help graduates reach college

OneSpartanburg is putting $10,000 toward a Spartanburg Academic Movement program geared to help high school graduates reach college enrollment through mentorship and financial aid.

The program, called Smart Start, will link 23 volunteer mentors with more than 100 Spartanburg High School graduates via text.

"Our analysis has shown that over 19% of our students across Spartanburg County that have said they're going to college are not actually enrolling. We need to change that," Meghan Smith, director of college and career readiness for the Spartanburg Academic Movement, said in a news release.

Students who complete the program and enroll in a college or university can have up to $250 in technology fees...

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