2013 Innovation of the Year Project Detail.
South Seattle Community College
13th Year Promise Scholarship
South Seattle Community College and South Seattle Community College Foundation Board of Directors
College doors have opened for hundreds of Seattle-area high school seniors, thanks to the 13th Year Promise Scholarship at South Seattle Community College. The program, first of its kind in the state, guarantees graduating seniors the opportunity to attend South tuition-free for one year, along with support services to help them succeed. 13th Year was launched in partnership with Cleveland H.S. in 2008 and extended to Chief Sealth International H.S. 3 years later. Research shows that students who have a high school diploma and one year of college with a workforce certificate or degree reach a tipping point for earning living-wage jobs and/or continuing college. The scholarship is primarily designed to provide access to higher education, particularly for under-represented, low-income, and first-generation students. More than half of 13th Year Scholars say they would not have enrolled without it. The program is funded by financial aid and philanthropy, and plans call for more expansion.
How this project is being recognized:
news release; feature on website; presentation at annual convocation
|The criteria this project has met