University signs “LOCAL Lion Promise”

Special to the Tribune

Mars Hill – Four area superintendents from Western North Carolina school districts participated in a public signing event this week with Mars Hill University president Tony Floyd, to officially institute the “Local Lion Promise,” a guarantee of 50% off tuition for students who come to MHU from the North Carolina counties closest to the university.

President Floyd signed the agreement in Mars Hill University’s Ferguson Health Sciences building on November 4, at 1:30 pm, with the superintendents of Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey County schools. The agreement also covers Asheville City Schools, which is currently without a superintendent.

According to Floyd, the Local Lion Promise is a recognition of the long-standing relationship that MHU has had with local students. The program also gives local students the opportunity for an excellent education in a more personalized, small-campus setting, close to home.

“We recognize that Western North Carolina has extremely talented students who love the mountains and want to stay in a setting like Mars Hill,” Floyd said. “We want to help them find their way in education and enable them to chase their dreams at an affordable cost. Mars Hill University has rededicated itself to connecting local students to good jobs and great futures in a vibrant economy in this part of the world. We are a clear alternative to large schools and the issues of personal service that come with attending large institutions.” Annual tuition is about $34,000.

Mars Hill University is a liberal arts institution offering over 30 baccalaureate degrees, as well as master’s degrees in criminal justice, elementary education, and management. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, the campus is located just 20 minutes north of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina. The university’s Asheville Center for Adult and Graduate Studies is located on Airport Road in Arden.

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