Ninety percent of Tacoma’s low-income eighth graders have signed up for Washington state’s College Bound Scholarship program, according to Tacoma Public Schools. The program, created by the Washington State Legislature, promises college scholarships for eligible low-income students.
To qualify for the College Bound Scholarship, students must graduate from high school with at least a 2.0 GPA, demonstrate good citizenship and stay crime-free. Each year, seventh and eighth graders can sign up, but they must enroll before the end of eighth grade.
The school district says Tacoma’s success in signing up kids for the program is a result of the district’s partnership with other organizations, including the Tacoma Housing Authority, the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, the College Success Foundation, Metropolitan Development Council and Tacoma Community College.
To learn more: www.hecb.wa.gov/paying/waaidprgm/CollegeBoundScholarship.asp