Support Students, Support Community
Most students know that higher education has become a prerequisite to achieving prosperity, but the high cost of tuition makes it difficult for most students to pencil out the real value of a degree or technical certificate.
Scholarships can keep a student’s dreams within reach, yet only 17% of undergraduates receive awards.
Here in southwest Washington, our team is working to increase this number for a few reasons. Beyond helping with affordability, studies also show that every $1,300 a student receives can boost their chances of graduating by 2.5%. Those facing greater barriers to accessing higher education — such as students of color, first-generation and low-income students — leverage this vital support for even greater gains. Belinda Vasquez is one example of the possibilities students can achieve.