Thank you to everyone who took part in the first ever College Bound Scholarship & State Need Grant Advocacy Day! About 300 middle school students, high school students, college students, parents, educators, youth advocates and community members from across Washington gathered on Feb. 17, 2015 at the Capitol to support full funding for the College Bound Scholarship and State Need Grant. Together, the College Bound Scholarship and State Need Grant have helped hundreds of thousands of Washington students obtain a college education, but nearly 34,000 students could not access financial aid last year because funding ran out.
After partaking in advocacy training, the participants shared personal stories with legislators and urged them to fully fund these programs. They also met with Lt. Gov. Brad Owen on the Senate floor, observed Sen. David Frockt introduce a resolution honoring the College Bound Scholarship and State Need Grant, held a boisterous rally in the Legislative Building Rotunda and even had a surprise visit from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray! We continue to hear from legislators and their staffs how much of an impact participant stories and presence made.
As we said in Olympia, advocacy doesn’t end here. We need to keep sending our message to legislators until we achieve our goal of fully funding the College Bound Scholarship and State Need Grant. That means staying engaged and continuing to tell your story. Phone calls, emails, written letters, posts to Facebook pages or tweets are all great ways to get your legislator’s attention! If you need a reminder of who your legislators are, you can visit http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/.
For more information about the College Bound Scholarship and State Need Grant, visit ReadySetGrad.org.
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