Lenoir-Rhyne University offers tuition reduction to college-bound Catawba residents

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HICKORY — Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced an innovative, new program to provide a minimum of 50 percent off tuition for any first-year undergraduate student with a 3.5 or higher high school GPA who is a Catawba County resident or to a transfer undergraduate student from Catawba County with more than 30 attempted hours from an accredited college and a 3.5 GPA. Called the Catawba County Promise, the program will reward local high school and transfer students who have a B+ average with a guaranteed—and significant—minimum level of financial aid. Through this and other initiatives, LR hopes to build on the success of this year’s incoming class which enrolled more than 500 students for the first time in our history. “The Catawba County Promise is a game changer for local students,” said Dr. Fred Whitt, president of Lenoir-Rhyne University. “Many people think they cannot afford a private, liberal arts education like Lenoir-Rhyne, and I hope this will help local prospective students and their families realize that the small class sizes, personalized attention, and outstanding faculty that are the hallmarks of a Lenoir-Rhyne education are well within reach.”