Local children will benefit from a scholarship recently awarded to a non-profit early education initiative.

Livingston Promise is a private 501(c) 3 organization that offers preschool scholarships to children in Livingston County, who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

Livingston Promise was presented with a $500 Community Scholarship Award from First National Bank – marking the third year the bank has invested in Livingston Promise. Officials say they understand the importance of high quality, early childhood education and realize that many in Livingston County cannot afford such programs.

Livingston Promise’s vision is that all children have the opportunity to obtain those quality, early education experiences - which are the foundation of cognitive and character skills children must have to be persistent in school and be successful in college, career and life.

Since 2013, Livingston Promise has awarded 38 preschool scholarships and will award 11 for the 2017/2018 school year. More information is available online through the link provided.

Pictured From left: Livingsotn Promise President Robin Schutz, First National Bank Vice-President/Marketing Director Tom Gisewhite, and Kathy Virden from Livingston Promise. (JM)