Governor’s Scholars Receive College Admission Test Preparation Gift Worth $650,000
PrepMe and corporate partners provide scholars
premium ACT and SAT prep courses
Frankfort, Ky. — “Score Your Dream College” Project, along with PrepMe and other community partners, announced today the donation of an ACT and SAT online test preparation program to more than 1,000 Governor’s Scholars Program participants. The courses will teach students skills to maximize their scores on the college admission tests.
The total value of the gift to Governor’s Scholars exceeds $650,000.
This is the second year for the partnership. Last year, PrepMe’s prep courses helped Kentucky Governor’s Scholars enhance their college opportunities and, in turn, receive tens of thousands of dollars in additional scholarship awards. One student, James Rossi of Corbin, the 2009 Ameresco scholar, took the PrepMe course and improved his ACT score to a perfect 36.
PrepMe helps students maximize test scores through a technological platform that not only teaches strategies, but also improves reading, writing and mathematical skills. On average, students completing the courses improve their SAT scores by 305 points, and ACT scores by 4 to 5 points. PrepMe has been featured in Business Week, PC Magazine and on the cover of FORTUNE Small Business as a leading innovator in college test preparation.
As a premier college readiness program, PrepMe is committed to increasing the number of high school students who attend college while also maximizing college admissions and scholarship opportunities for students. “PrepMe is proud to support the academic dreams of Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars,” says Karan Goel, PrepMe CEO. “All students deserve the opportunity to make their college dreams a reality and providing Kentucky schools with skills-based college prep gives us the chance to be a part of this great program and its important mission.” The donation of the PrepMe online test preparation courses was made possible through generous sponsors, including, Ameresco, EMC Corp., Pomeroy IT, EquaTerra, LexisNexis, Monster.com, Vermedx, Preston-Osborne and JYB3 Group.
The Governor’s Scholars Program was developed in 1983 to enhance the next generation of civic and economic leaders. Participants are selected through a highly competitive application process similar to prestigious colleges and universities. In the summer of 2010, more than 1,000 students will attend the Program on three campuses: Bellarmine University, Murray State University and Centre College.
“On behalf of everyone associated with the Governor’s Scholars Program, I am excited to make the PrepMe online test preparation program available to the 2009 participants free of charge,” said Aris Cedeño, Governor’s Scholar Program Executive Director. “Thanks to PrepMe and our other sponsors, students now have the prospect of raising their scores on the standardized admission tests. For many of these scholars, raising their scores just a few points could translate into thousands of dollars of extra scholarship money.”