Jacksonville, FL – April 9, 2018 – Edward Waters College proudly announces another FIRST, as part of its EWC is 1ST campaign!  EWC will be the first HBCU in Florida to offer a College Promise Program.  EWC is the first four-year institution in the nation who will accept newly graduated local high school students into its College Promise Program as an accessible and affordable pathway to a Bachelor’s degree.  The EWC Promise Program builds broad public support in creating a college-going culture while increasing student persistence and retention across North Florida. The College welcomes your attendance to join President, Dr. Nathaniel Glover, Senator Audrey Gibson, Representative Tracie Davis and other community and elected officials at the press conference and launch celebration on 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 24, 2018 inside the Student Union Building, 1658 Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209.  

As an educator of Jacksonville, Florida since 1866, Edward Waters College commits to the elimination of student debt, and socio-economic barriers.  The EWC Promise Program will serve as a state and national Promise model for student success.

Dr. Nathaniel Glover, the President of Edward Waters College, is very excited about launching the Edward Waters College Promise Program, and insists, “As Edward Waters College begins its new ‘EWC is 1st’ campaign, we are proud to be the first HBCU in Florida, and the first private school in Florida located on the first coast. The EWC Promise Program achieves another first milestone to the four-year Promise degree. I am also grateful to Jennifer Silva, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the College, Senator Audrey Gibson, State Representative Tracie Davis, and members of the Duval Delegation who were instrumental in helping us create this wonderful initiative to lead Florida’s participation in national College Promise Programs. We are proud to place our students first and on the rise!”


Member Institution Equal Opportunity Institution Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, and Schools (SACS) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the oldest private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.


T.E. Ashley, MBA

Marketing and Communications Manager | Office of Institutional Advancement 

Edward Waters College

1658 Kings Road

Jacksonville, FL 32209

Office: 904.470.8050 | Mobile: 904.240.6251 / 229.291.1795

EWC IS FIRST: 1st HBCU| 1st Private School| On 1st Coast of Florida