REMINDER: Final Push on for 8th Grader Scholarships; Deadline June 30


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The final push is now on for College Bound Scholarships for 8th Graders in South King County, with the June 30 deadline approaching fast.

Here’s more info from an announcement:

The Road Map Project, which is aimed at driving major improvements in education results in South Seattle and South King County, is releasing 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.

For the second year in a row, the Road Map 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 public institution rates) at eligible Washington’s public colleges and universities. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, low-income 8th grade students must apply by June 30 and sign a pledge to: graduate high school with a 2.0 GPA or higher, demonstrate good citizenship, and seek admission to a Washington state college or university. Income verification also occurs in their senior year before the scholarship is awarded.

“The College Bound Scholarship means the world to me! This scholarship lets me know that there are other people out there who believe in me,” said Shiloh Filipo, a senior at Highline High School who has been accepted to Washington State University. “My family and I greatly appreciate the help and I feel very honored.”

The level of commitment and cooperation from school districts, teachers, community partners and elected officials has been tremendous. Last year, a broad coalition collectively helped sign up 93 percent of the eligible students by the June 30th deadline.

“To date, 74 percent 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 26 percent of students signed-up to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.”

The Road Map region includes the following school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, South Seattle and Tukwila.

The College Bound Scholarship Program is administered by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Students and families may apply at www.collegebound.wa.gov.

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