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Seattle’s 8th Graders are College Bound
Mayor Mike McGinn announced today that a record number of 8th grade students in Seattle have signed up for College Bound Scholarship. 1,355 students signed up for the scholarship. Overall, 452 more students submitted applications this year than last school year (1522 vs. 1070), an increase of 42 percent.
The campaign exceeded its estimate of the number of youth eligible for the College Bound Scholarship. The campaign set a target of 1,327 based on the number of Seattle students who are eligible for a federal free- and reduced lunch. We have signed up 1,355, meaning that even more youth than are actually signed up for free- and reduced lunch applied for College Bound. This is good news because we exceeded the campaign’s expectations for how many students were eligible for the scholarship. In addition to this year’s 8th graders, 849 7th grade students applied during their first year of eligibility.
“Our success in meeting the goal is good for families, good for communities, and good for students,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “Graduating high school isn’t enough to get a decent job. We know that a student who finishes a certificated program, whether that is an apprenticeship or a college degree, is more likely to find a living wage job.”
The College Bound Scholarship is funded by the state legislature and administered by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Students eligible for the federal free- and reduced-price lunch program sign a pledge to maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher and stay out of legal trouble during high school. Students must be enrolled by June 30 of the year in which they finish the 8th grade. The Scholarship covers tuition funding (including a small book allowance) not covered by other financial aid at eligible Washington two-year community and technical colleges and four-year universities.
“This scholarship is an important incentive for our students to stay on track and graduate,” said Dr. Susan Enfield, Interim Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. “We need to make sure that the students who are moving on to high school get the support they need to graduate and take advantage of the College Bound Scholarship.”
Mary Jean Ryan, Executive Director of the Community Center for Education Results and coordinator of the Road Map project noted, “The level of commitment and cooperation from the school district, community partners and the Mayor’s Office was incredible. Getting kids signed up by their 8th grade year is one critical step to ensuring they’re college bound. We are thrilled that a record number of students signed-up to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.”
This significant increase is thanks to the hard work and dedication of organizations including Seattle Public Schools, College Success Foundation, Seattle College Access Network, Community Center for Education Results, League of Education Voters, Alliance for Education, City of Seattle departments and agencies. Seattle media outlets that helped spread the word included The Stranger, SeattlePI.com, The Seattle Times, KOMO News, KING/5 News, Q13, ESPN Deportes Radio Seattle, KUBE 93, Crosscut, Rainier Valley Post, Seattle Medium, Northwest Vietnamese News, North American Post, Seattle Chinese Times, Filipino American Bulletin, Korea Times, West Seattle Herald, South Seattle Beacon, Examiner, KPLU, Seattle Channel, Seattle Child, Northwest Asian Weekly, Save Seattle Schools Blog, Puget Soundoff, Queen Anne View, Publicola, Emerald City Journal, Phinneywood, and many others.
Posted by: Aaron Pickus, Spokesperson