Achievers Scholarship Program
The Achievers Scholarship Program is a non-traditional, multifaceted scholarship program that supports students from 16 high schools in Washington State with high percentages of low-income students. The last cohort of applicants has been selected and enters an eligible Washington State college in 2010. Achievers Scholars receive support services while in high school, in addition to being assigned a mentor in high school as well as a college mentor.
The Achievers Scholarship Program was generously funded in 2001 with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At its conclusion it will have provided college readiness, mentoring and support, as well as scholarship financial aid for four years, to 5000 low-income youth in the state of Washington. A similar Achievers Scholarship Program also operates in Washington, D.C. through the College Success Foundation - District of Columbia.
Although the Washington State Achievers Scholarship is ending in the Achievers high schools in 2010, CSF will continue to support students at the college level through the completion of their bachelor's degrees. CSF will offer a similar model of college preparation and support services in seven selected schools, beginning in 2009, named the CSF Scholars Program.