Scholarship helps middle schoolers

Published on Thu, May 15, 2008 by Martha Dearstyne

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Scholarship helps middle schoolers

By Martha Dearstyne

Think you can’t afford college? Think again.

Washington middle school students who dream of going to college but worry their families won’t be able to afford it have a new promise from the state: work hard in school, keep your grades up, stay out of trouble, and a two or four year scholarship could be yours.

The Washington College Bound Scholarship program is a commitment of college scholarship funds to selected Washington middle school students. To be eligible, you need to meet the family income standards and take a pledge to graduate from high school with a GPA of at least 2.0.

Developed by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating board, the college bound scholarship program provides hope and incentive for students and families who otherwise might not consider college as an option. Applications are available online at: www.hecb.wa.-gov/collegebound or by calling 888/535-0747, or 332-0490. The application deadline for eighth graders is June 1.