Pierce County school districts boost College Bound scholarship sign-ups

More than 91 percent of last year’s eligible eighth-grade students signed up for the College Bound Scholarship offered to low-income students in Washington state, according to a report from the Washington Student Achievement Council. Students must enroll in middle school by June 30 of their eighth grade year.

The Carbonado, Dieringer, Eatonville, Puyallup and White River school districts had a 100-percent participation rate for eligible students. Districts with at least a 92-percent sign-up rate include Clover Park, Franklin Pierce, Peninsula and Tacoma.

College Bound scholars promise to graduate from high school with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, have no felony convictions and apply for financial aid at both the state and federal levels. To receive the scholarship upon graduation, they must be income-eligible, must be accepted to college and either be a U.S. citizen or have federal deferred action immigration status. The scholarship, combined with other state aid, covers tuition at public college rates.

The most recent cohort, scheduled to graduate from high school in 2019, includes more than 33,000 Washington students and is the largest since the program’s inception in 2007.

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