BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — When President Barack Obama speaks at the University at Buffalo about making college more affordable, supporters of an innovative scholarship program are hoping for a plug.
But David Rust, executive director of Say Yes to Education, Buffalo, says he's already gotten something even better: an invitation to meet with the president Thursday to fill him in on the program.
Say Yes has chapters in Buffalo, Syracuse, Philadelphia, Hartford, Conn., and New York City's Harlem neighborhood, each offering varying degrees of academic, social and financial supports meant to steer students toward college.
Most eye-catching is the promise of full tuition for graduates of city public or charter schools who get accepted into a state school or participating private or vocational school.
Rust says it's a model that can be replicated in cities everywhere.
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