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Gardner-Webb Hosts ‘Wednesdays at the Webb’ for Local High School Students

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Event Introduces Students from Cleveland, Rutherford, Gaston and Lincoln Counties to ‘Foothills Commitment’ 

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—High school students from Cleveland, Rutherford, Gaston or Lincoln counties in North Carolina are invited to “Wednesdays at the Webb” at Gardner-Webb University. Offered every Wednesday at 3 p.m., this event introduces local students to the world-class education available in their own backyard.

“Students will have a chance to take a campus tour, hear more about the ‘Foothills Commitment’ scholarship program from GWU President Dr. William Downs and meet with an admissions counselor,” explained Julie C. Fleming, Gardner-Webb interim vice president for Enrollment Management and assistant vice president for Undergraduate Admissions. “Also, our tour guides for ‘Wednesdays at the Webb’ are current students from one of the counties (Cleveland, Rutherford, Lincoln or Gaston). Students will have a chance to experience GWU while gaining more information about ‘Foothills Commitment.’”

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Launched less than a year ago, the “Foothills Commitment” is Gardner-Webb’s pledge to any new freshmen living on campus who are residents of Cleveland, Rutherford, Gaston or Lincoln counties. Through the program, GWU will provide students from these four areas with total aid that is a minimum of 50 percent off tuition. Since announcing the program, GWU has enrolled 64.8 percent more local students.

“At Gardner-Webb, we are reaching out directly to the communities that surround us with financial incentives,” Downs affirmed. “These are our neighbors and these are the families for whom Gardner-Webb was founded 115 years ago…we’re eager to make our University accessible and affordable for them.”

Those who attend “Wednesdays at the Webb” receive a “Foothills Commitment” visit bag containing GWU merchandise, and refreshments will be provided. Fleming also noted, “Visit day is open to any student from these counties who is considering attending GWU, regardless of high school class level—sophomores, juniors or seniors.”

For more information, call the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 1-800-253-6472.

Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective leaders within the global community. Ignite your future at 

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