“Call it what you will, incentives are what get people to work harder.” –Nikita Khrushchev
Horizonte, through its privately funded college scholarship account, awarded 48 “starter” scholarships to Horizonte high school seniors soon to graduate. To maximize utilization of the scholarships and to surmount these first generation college goers’ intimidation and confusion gap between high school and college, a Horizonte-Salt Lake Community College seven week Bridge Class is in progress.
But the absolute icing on the cake for these minority, low income scholarship awardees is the possibility of earning one of 26 new, Dell lap-top computers provided by the Assistance League of Salt Lake, for the top scoring 26 of the Bridge Class participants. Attendance and punctuality in the Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 8:20-9:20 a.m. class, along with participation in the Wednesday college writing and critical thinking component, will determine the recipients.
Last year the Assistance League provided 16 new lap-tops. The level of commitment, work done, and over all enthusiasm for the bridge were heightened by the computer incentive. We see the same interest and anticipation occurring this year. One of the 26 new Dells will be introduced to and circulated among among the class attendees soon.
Students at Horizonte, Salt Lake City School District’s alternative high school and adult education center, were unsuccessful at their “home” public high school. Primarily because of absenteeism, with all its attendant causes, they were referred, transferred or choose to move to Horizonte. It was a new beginning for them at what some call “last chance” high school. They were welcomed, coached, and taught. They responded, worked and learned–soon to earn their high school diploma.
And with it they earned an unsurpassed introduction and transition to college along with a starter college scholarship that can be renewed through their associate degree. And the all important personal lap-top computer–indispensable for all college students, has been made possible by the ever caring Assistance League of Salt Lake. Horizonte and donors to its scholarship and student support program are doing all friends can do to level the field of competition for these underrepresented and deserving students.