PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- More than 40 inner-city high school students received a special surprise Tuesday night, and for many of them, it's going to be life-changing.
The students were told that they not only got into college at Grand Canyon University, but their education isn't going to cost them a single penny. It's called the "Students Inspiring Students", and the surprise event was not only for the students, but for their parents as well.
"We've lied terribly to these families. We've told them that they are here for a mandatory meeting to find out about students is very student scholar ship, so they think they're here for a boring meeting about scholarship details," said Shari Stagner, GCU's Director of K-12 Outreach.
To meet the criteria for the SIS scholarship, these kids need at least a 3.5 GPA, had to write an essay about their financial situation, and receive 100 hours of tutoring at GCU's learning lounge.
The students, understandably, were excited. These students will also pay it forward as college students, by providing 100 hours a year of mentoring for the next group of high school students behind them.
FOX 10's Jennifer Auh reports.