Got 8th-Graders? Get Them to Sign Up For Scholarship Track by June 30th!


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The greater Seattle region has a very strong economy — according to The Brookings Institution it ranks 4th in the world in terms of per capita GDP. It also ranks near the top of national adult educational attainment indices. It has an innovative, productive, knowledge-based economy, and its workforce is very well educated — sounds like an economist’s dream, doesn’t it?

Yet for more than 55,000 low-income student growing up in South Seattle and South King, education results are shockingly poor. We currently import more talent than we grow locally; the effects are devastating for our children and our communities.   The difference in attainment between those who migrate here and those who grow up here is staggering.

The Community Center for Education Results (CCER) was founded to work in partnership with communities and organizations that want to dramatically improve results at all stages of the education continuum, from “cradle through college and career.” The goal of CCER is to make the Puget Sound the region that produces the best-educated people in the world.

CCER’s Road Map Project aims to double the number of students in South King County and South Seattle who are on track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020. The current Roadmap goal is 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.

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 are asked to sign a pledge to graduate from high school, demonstrate good citizenship, and seek admission to a college or university; those who sign the pledge by June 30 of their 8th grade year are eligible.

“To date, 61% 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 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.

(Content provided by CCER.)

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