Seventy students in the Raymond School District are particpating in a new scholarship program offered by the State of Washington. The program, known as the College Bound Scholarship is available to all 7th- and 8th-graders in the state who meet the income eligibility requirements and promise to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in high school, be a good citizen, not commit a felony and go to a state school. The scholarship pays for tuition at state institutions for up to four years as well as a $500 per year book allowance.
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Of the approximately 140 7th-, 8th- and 9th-graders in the district, 83 met the low-income eligibility criterion. Of those 83, 70 of the students signed up for the opportunity. Principal Ron Bell, Academic Counselor Grant Anderson and Readiness-to-Learn coordinator Pat Shults worked with both parents and students to ensure that everyone had a chance to take advantage of this opportunity.