- Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2016

LINDSBORG, Kan. (AP) - Bethany College plans to offer free tuition to first-time freshmen who graduate from McPherson or Saline county high schools.

The school in Lindsborg announced Thursday that the offer will begin in the fall 2017 semester and last five years. The scholarships are valued at more than $110,000.

Bethany College President William Jones said in a statement that the college wanted to invest in its community. He says the program will allow young people in the two counties a chance to attend college close to home and perhaps stay in the area after they graduate.

Students who receive a “Bethany Good Life Scholarship” will be required to live on the Lindsborg campus.

Bethany College has an enrollment of just more than 700.

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