EL DORADO -- Cindy Langston is a mom whose family lives outside of the El Dorado School District, but thanks to eligibility changes made to the El Dorado Promise, her kids will now be able to benefit from the scholarship program.
"Oh my goodness, it's just such a blessing," she said. "We could not be more thankful for the gift that Murphy Oil has given."
Before the eligibility changes to the El Dorado Promise, Langston believed in the school district so much that she wanted to enroll her kids there even if it meant not being able to take advantage of the promise, but now the decision takes on a whole new meaning.
"This is such a load off of us and just a blessing beyond words," she said. "Thank you doesn't really seem adequate when someone's paying for your children's education."
The El Dorado Promise is expanding its student eligibility by removing the requirement for El Dorado Public School students to reside in the district in order to receive the scholarship. Organizers of the program explain how they came to this decision.
"With the changes coming about in the legislature with school choice, that very definitely entered in to the decision as well and it was a hope that at some point in time that this would be able to happen," Langston said.
And students finding out about the changes are elated as well, especially seniors.
"I had the privilege this morning of walking into 2 classrooms and telling 2 seniors that they were eligible for the promise and they weren't before so that was a fun morning."
The change will go into effect on May 13th and will affect both current and future students of El Dorado Public Schools.