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May 16th Update on College Bound Scholarship Drive

Update on College Bound Scholarship Sign-up Drive in South Seattle and South King County

We are excited to release the latest round of individual school district data collected by the Higher Education Coordinating Board on the Road Map goal to get 100 percent of all eligible 8th graders in the project region signed up for the College Bound Scholarship by June 30 of this year.  ( Click here to view )

For the first time ever the region’s school districts are working collaboratively to increase the number of eligible students signed up for the scholarship which covers the cost of tuition at Washington’s public colleges and universities. Low-income students who sign a pledge to graduate from high school, demonstrate good citizenship and seek admission to a college or university by June 30 of their 8th grade year are eligible.

“To date, 66% of eligible 8th graders in the region have signed up,” reported Mary Jean Ryan, Executive Director of the Community Center for Education Results, which coordinates the Road Map Project.  “The level of commitment and cooperation from school districts, teachers, community partners and elected officials has been incredible.  That said, we still have progress to make.  Working closely with College Success Foundation, we’re doing an all-out push to get the remaining 34% of students signed-up to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.”

Many partners have jumped in to help with the effort, including local PTA chapters.  “Auburn PTA values every child’s potential.  We work with our district, teachers, parents, and community partners to achieve that potential,” said Pat Montgomery, Auburn Council PTA Advocacy Co-Chair.  “Together we’ve enrolled 210 of our low-income and foster children into College Bound Scholarships   We will enroll another 100 by June 30th.”

The Road Map region includes the following school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, South Seattle and Tukwila.  To get more information and sign-up for the College Bound Scholarship, please visit:  http://www.collegesuccessfoundation.org/collegebound. To visit the Higher Education Coordinating Board’s College Bound Scholarship page, please see: http://www.hecb.wa.gov/Paying/waaidprgm/CollegeBoundScholarship.asp