Video: South Seattle Community College expands ’13th Year Promise’ to Chief Sealth International High SchoolJanuary 14, 2011 at 10:18 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 27 Comments
Hundreds of Chief Sealth International High School students just found out in a surprise announcement in the school auditorium that a free year of college awaits them – and potentially thousands of their future counterparts. In an event under way at Sealth right now, South Seattle Community College has announced that CSIHS is the second Seattle Public Schools high school to become part of the SSCC 13th Year Promise Scholarship program. (Cleveland High School was the first, starting with its Class of 2008.) The official announcement explains:
The groundbreaking scholarship program, which is the first of its kind in Washington state, guarantees every graduating senior the opportunity to attend South tuition-free for one year, regardless of grade point, test scores or other factors. …
The 13th Year Promise Scholarship was developed to address data that shows the enormous difference just one year of college can make in terms of earnings and a student’s likelihood of continuing in higher education. This critical “Tipping Point” has been identified as a high school diploma and one-year of college. The scholarship is also designed to increase the access to higher education for our community’s students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, including students of color, low-income and first-generation college students. …
The program is funded by financial aid and/or scholarship funds raised through the South Seattle Community College Foundation. …
The announcement event is being led by two Sealth graduates – SSCC president Gary Oertli and CSIHS principal John Boyd.
ADDED 3:34 PM: Oertli and Boyd are in the video added atop this story – also participating, school-board rep (and Sealth parent) Steve Sundquist:
Sealth’s drum line played as the Class of 2011 walked in, not sure what the surprise announcement was going to be about:
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