Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards proposed an eight billion dollar college scholarship program today.
Edwards' proposal is similar to what a high school in Snow Hill is doing for students in the impoverished rural community.
The former North Carolina senator spoke at Greene Central High School to announce that 74 percent of the school's senior class will use hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to attend college this fall.
When Edwards began offering the ``College For Everyone'' program in 2005, just 54 percent of the school's previous graduating class had enrolled in college.
In Snow Hill, a town about 60 miles southeast of Raleigh, roughly 70 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch.