The College Bound Scholarship Program promises tuition (at public tuition rates) and a small book allowance for income-eligible students who sign up in the 7th or 8th grade, work hard in school, stay out of legal trouble and successfully enroll in a participating higher-education institution when they graduate. This is an amazing opportunity that we want all eligible students to have!
This year’s effort to sign up eligible students in the Road Map Project region prior to the June 30 deadline has ended. A record 94% of eligible students were signed up thanks to hard work from schools, communities and partner organizations! Congratulations to everyone who worked on this effort.
Here’s a look at sign-up rates for the Road Map Project Region and affiliated school districts as of July 8:
Cost can present a major barrier for families and students interested in pursuing postsecondary education or technical training. However, the College Bound Scholarship Program can provide a big boost to students by combining with the State Need Grant to cover tuition and fees at public tuition rates for four-years of college. In order to sign up for the scholarship, eligible students must apply by June 30 of their 8th grade year. In 2011-12, dozens of school and community-based partners helped sign up 89% of eligible Road Map region students (Class of 2016). This was a major feat considering there were more than 500 more eligible students than the previous year. In 2011, sign-ups reached 93%, up from just 53% three years ago.
This campaign aims to increase the percent of eligible students who complete the College Bound Scholarship application by June 30 of their 8th grade year, an important Road Map Project Indicator of Student Success.