College Bound Scholarship Participation Earns Gold Star

SKSD Earns Gold Star for College Bound Scholarship Program
Posted on 01/19/2018
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Olympia, Washington - Seventy-six percent of last year’s eligible eighth graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship in South Kitsap School District. Statewide, the average sign-up rate was 71 percent, with over 30,000 of last year’s eighth graders signing up. Governor Inslee has recognized the 270 schools and 115 school districts that exceeded the state average with Gold Star Awards. Find the list of Gold Star schools and districts along with district sign-up rates on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.

Students who sign up for the scholarship graduate from high school and enroll in college at higher rates than their low-income peers. The first cohort of College Bound students graduated from high school in 2012. Since then, the four-year high school graduation rate for these students has consistently been similar to the statewide average, and over ten percentage points higher than for low-income students who were eligible but did not sign up. The first few cohorts of students who signed up for the scholarship have begun enrolling in college and do so at rates at or above the statewide average.

“The College Bound program continues to be an area of focus for our school counselors when working with students,” stated Jay Villars, Assistant Superintendent of Student Success at South Kitsap. “They have conversations early and often about planning for college and future careers. Eliminating potential roadblocks that prevent students from pursuing a post-secondary education is an important part of dreaming big and achieving goals. We want our students to know they are capable of success and support is available to help along the way.” 

Eligible students must sign up in middle school, by June 30 of their eighth grade year, to receive this early commitment of state funding. In combination with other state aid, the scholarship covers tuition at public college rates. To receive the scholarship, students must enroll in an eligible college within one year of high school graduation.