Franklin Pierce Schools recently received an award from the Honorable Jay Inslee, Governor of the State of Washington, for our rates of student participation in the College Bound Scholarship program.
In the 2013-2014 school year, 89% of the eligible students in the state signed up for the College Bound Scholarship. In that same year, 99% of the eligible students in Franklin Pierce Schools signed up for the College Bound Scholarship.
Established by the Legislature in 2007, the College Bound Scholarship program provides financial assistance to low-income students who want to achieve the dream of a college education. This early promise of financial aid is intended to alleviate the financial barriers that prevent low-income students from considering higher education as a possibility.
The scholarship is available to 7th and 8th grade students whose family's income meets the guidelines or who are in foster care. The deadline to sign up is June 30 of the students' 8th grade year.
The scholarship covers the average tuition (at comparable colleges), some fees, and a small book allowance.
"The ability to pay for a college education is a significant barrier to achieving a college degree for many of our students, and the College Bound Scholarship program helps to break down that barrier," said Dr. Frank Hewins, Superintendent of Franklin Pierce Schools.
Once an eligible student signs up for the College Bound Program by the end of their 8th grade year, they have to meet two criteria in order to access the scholarship funds:
•Graduate from a Washington high school or home school with a 2.0 GPA or higher;
•Be a good citizen and not be convicted of a felony.
In a letter sent to Superintendent Hewins by Governor Inslee, the Governor writes, "I am pleased to inform you that your district is one of the top-performing districts in the state in terms of signups for the College Bound Scholarship program...Your commitment to your students and to the College Bound Scholarship program is of great service to the students, parents, and community you serve."
The effort to get all eligible students to sign-up is made possible by many people in the district including, but not limited to, teachers, counselors, parents, and administrators.