Governor Inslee has recognized 287 schools and 123 school districts for signing up more than 70 percent of their students who were eligible for the College Bound Scholarship.
In a release from the Washington Student Achievement Council it states that over 30,000 of last year’s eighth graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship.
Schools who exceeded the state sign-up rate of 70 percent will receive Gold Star Awards.
Lake Quinault, Oakville, Ocosta, Raymond, South Bend, and Willapa school districts were all highlighted as Gold Star Districts for signing up over 70% of students.
In Grays Harbor, schools averaged 51-57% College Bound Scholarship sign-ups for the class of 2022, with 58-64% in Pacific County.
331 applications of 606 eligible students attending schools in Grays Harbor signed up, with 108 out of 182 in Pacific County.
Find the list of Gold Star schools and districts along with district sign-up rates on the Washington Student Achievement Council’s website.
In 2007 the Washington State Legislature established the College Bound Scholarship to provide state financial aid to low-income students who may not consider college a possibility due to the cost.
The scholarship covers tuition (at comparable public college rates), some fees, and a small book allowance.
Students who sign up for the scholarship graduate from high school and enroll in college at higher rates than their low-income peers, according to WSAC.
They say that since the program’s inception, over 280,000 students have applied for the scholarship with 3/4 of the students who signed up for the by the end of their eighth grade year in 2011 graduated from high school in 2015. In comparison, they say that the 2015 four-year graduation rate for low-income students who were eligible for the program but didn’t sign up was 62%.
Eligibility for the scholarship is a two-part process. Students in 7th or 8th grade whose family meets the income requirements must submit and complete an application by June 30 of the student’s 8th grade year. Then students must meet the College Bound Pledge requirements and income-eligibility as determined by the student’s financial aid application (FAFSA or WASFA) in their senior year of high school.