Two Highline Students Named Governor’s Scholars
BURIEN â€“ Two Highline Public Schools students have been named Governorâ€™s Scholars, and we here at the B-Town Blog extend a double Borat-style thumbs-up with a hearty “High Five!” shouted in a weird accent in their general directions:Â
- Mary Magdelene (Madel) Rogulj of Global Connections
- Byron Maye of HS3
Both received four-year scholarships to any public or private university or college in the state of Washington, which is pretty cool considering that the average tuition for a resident is over $25,000.
In addition to the free education, they will also get a mentor to help them along the way.
Six former Washington governors joined forces to support youth in foster care when they created the Governorâ€™s Scholarship program.Â Former Governor Gary Locke stated, â€œOnly 3% of foster kids ever make it to college â€“ primarily because they canâ€™t afford to support themselves and go to school at the same time.â€Â The state foster care system support for youth ends at age 18.
Trina Hickey, a recipient of the Governorâ€™s Scholarship early on, has graduated from UPS and is working to help transition foster youth into adulthood.
In the seven years since its inception, the Governorâ€™s Scholarship has been awarded to 144 foster care youth from around the State.