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13th Year Promise Scholarship

Incoming 13th Year Scholars prepare for their first year at South during the 13th Year Bridge Program


Mission

The purpose of the 13th Year Promise Scholarship is to increase access to higher education for our community’s students, particularly those from underrepresented groups (e.g. students of color, low-income students, and first-generation college students).  The scholarship is open to all graduates from participating high schools, regardless of GPA, income or other factors.  All participating students are guaranteed to have one year of in-state tuition covered through a combination of need-based financial aid and scholarship funds.

Background

The 13th Year Promise Scholarship is based on research from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges that demonstrates a high school diploma and one year of college is the critical “Tipping Point” for a student to earn living wage jobs and/or continue his or her education. The 13th Year Promise Scholarship began with the Cleveland High School Class of 2008 and expanded to include Chief Sealth International High School in 2011 and Rainier Beach High School in 2014. In 2011, the Readiness Academy was implemented to further increase student success by supporting students in their transition from high school to college. The 13th Year Promise Scholarship will expand to West Seattle High School starting with their Class of 2018!

Readiness Academy

13th Year Scholars do not just receive a scholarship, but also a host of support services to help them make the transition from high school to college.  Known as the Readiness Academy, services include:

  • 13th Year program staff works with high school students to apply for the scholarship, apply for FAFSA/WASFA, and apply to South Seattle College
  • College 101 sessions are offered for students and their families, covering what to expect when they start college and an overview of program of study options
  • Placement test workshops and intensive Math/English workshops for those who place below college level in those areas
  • Taking Care of Business Field Trips to learn more about registration, advising, ID cards, campus tours, etc.
  • Week-long Summer Bridge Program prior to a fall start focused on classroom and personal success, and higher education navigation skills
  • 13th Year coordinator (staff) acts as a single point of contact for 13th Year Scholars if they have questions during their first year

Access to Higher Education - 13th Year increases students that attend college

  • Since the program began in 2008, approximately 500 graduates from Seattle Public Schools have enrolled at South with the 13th Year Promise Scholarship
  • Approximately 65% of seniors from Chief Sealth International, Cleveland and Rainier Beach high schools apply for the 13th Year Promise Scholarship each year
  • 50% of students said that they would not have attended college if not for the 13th Year Promise Scholarship


For more information, please contact:

Julius Moss
Assistant Director of the 13th Year Promise Scholarship Program
206.934.5204
Julius.Moss@seattlecolleges.edu