College Bound Program selected as a 2016 City Livability Award Second Round Finalist

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Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. announces that the City of Hammond Indiana has been selected as a 2016 City Livability Award Second Round Finalist for its College Bound Program. The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Waste Management has recognized the City’s College Bound Program for its outstanding dedication in achieving a higher quality of life for Hammond and its youth. The objective of the College Bound scholarship program is to provide eligible students, living in an owner-occupied home in Hammond, with up to $10,500.00 per year toward tuition at an Indiana accredited college or university of their choice and is renewable for up to four consecutive years.

“With all the challenges our youth face, it is more important than ever for them to continue their education. Earning a college degree will generate more and exciting opportunities for these graduates when they enter the workforce,” states Mayor Thomas M. Dermott Jr. College Bound coordinator Courtney Margraf agrees. “College Bound is an awesome asset to have here in Hammond.  It attracts constant attention state and nation-wide,” she says.  “We are going 10 years strong and continue to grow with over 500 students benefitting each year.  It truly has enhanced our quality of life here in Hammond.”

This recognition from the U.S. Conference of Mayors confirms Hammond’s College Bound Program as a pioneering and innovative program. College Bound helps the youth and their families fulfill their dreams of higher education, which may not have been attainable without the City’s assistance. For more information, please visit collegebound.gohammond.com.