These are low-income middle schoolers who are guaranteed a full ride to any Washington college if they fill out an application, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and don’t commit a crime before they graduate high school.
Some haven’t applied because they think the deal is too good to be true. Others don’t know about it. And some just haven’t taken the time to fill out the brief application, which includes one question about family income and basic information about the applicant.
Statewide, just 28,000 students have applied since the program began last year.
Many students wrongly believe they need to pay to apply for the scholarship or that it’s some kind of hoax, said Amie Mbye, an eighth-grader at Alderwood Middle School in Lynnwood.
For more information on the College Bound scholarship program or to apply online, go to www.hecb.wa.gov/collegebound.
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