Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, the City of Hammond, and the Hammond Common Council are proud to present the new College Bound Scholarship program.
The College Bound Scholarship program represents a phenomenal opportunity for the City and its residents and continued positive change for Hammond.
By offering a “full-ride” college scholarship to its high school graduates, Hammond will become the first city in the nation to invest public dollars in raising the level, importance and performance of its student population, and in the process secure the community’s bright future.
Further, it demonstrates the desire and commitment of the City to take the bold steps necessary to achieve its objective of making Hammond a desirable and attractive community in which to live and invest.
College Bound focuses on achieving three goals:
|Increase home ownership|
|Make education a priority|
|Improve the quality of life within the City|
Home ownership creates stability, investment and pride in one’s community. Because of that stability, crime rates are lowered, the community becomes more attractive for new economic development and the appearance/condition of property improves as owners seek to protect their largest investment. Home owners also are more apt to become active members of the community, in part due to the pride and long-term commitment owner-occupants have towards the community in which they reside.
As Hammond seeks future quality development and investment, it must demonstrate that it is bringing about new focus and success in education. College Bound will inspire and reward student hard work and dedication with a college degree that can lead to a lifetime of opportunity, learning and higher wages. In order to prepare a larger cross-section of Hammond students for college, the City’s public and private schools will need to restructure and refocus educational efforts resulting in enhanced performance in the classroom, improved test scores and graduates who are ready for the rigorous challenges of a college education. As the scholarship initiative generates new interest in obtaining an education, it will attract and retain the best and brightest to stay and learn in Hammond. Long-term, the scholarship may even result in increasing the City’s college educated population to be more proportionate with the national average, a demographic that can bring about an array of new employment opportunities in cutting edge technologies and industry.
Increased home ownership and a concerted focus on education will undoubtedly result in an improved quality of life for Hammond residents. In fact, when coupled with the other ongoing efforts, the City’s comprehensive efforts will transform Hammond into a model community for others to emulate.