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About the Putnam Promise Program

The Putnam Promise program is a partnership between Ivy Tech Community College Greencastle, the Putnam County Community Foundation and generous community members to help 2020 and 2021 high school graduates get an affordable start on a degree.

The program also hopes to help families in the community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students in this program will:

  • Complete an associate degree in just 11 months
  • Receive assistance transfering to a four-year college or university 
  • Potentially qualify for scholarship funds to cover tuition costs

Scholarship opportunities

The Putnam Community Foundation has provided scholarship funds for students interested in applying to this program. Funds are limited, on a first-come, first-serve basis. One of the requirements of this program is to file the FAFSA. If your financial aid situation has changed since your taxes were done, you may still be eligible for aid. 

Program details

All Putnam County senior graduates that meet the requirements below are encouraged to apply to this program. The Putnam Promise is modeled after the College's "Associate Accelerated Program," where coursework is spread over five eight-week terms and classes held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Benefits of this class format include: 

  • Classes held in small, closely-knit groups, known as "cohorts"
  • Students will remain with their classmates throughout the program, creating an encouraging and supportive environment
  • Dedicated Ivy Tech staff that help students identify their academic goals and connect with additional support services

Students in accelerated programs are more likely to succeed. 

  • 98% of students persist after one year towards their bachelor's degree or a second associate degree
  • 100% of graduates who have applied have been accepted into one or more four-year colleges


Contact us for more information

Treg Hopkins, Greeencastle site director

Jacob Widner, Greencastle ASAP associate director


See if you qualify

Qualifications for the Putnam Promise program include: 

  • Must be a 2020 or 2021 graduate and Putnam County resident
  • File the FAFSA
  • If awarded a scholarship, must maintain a 2.6 GPA while participating in the program