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Expanding Access and Opportunity: The Washington State Achievers Program

Published Mar 2010
ihep
focus area Degree Completion

This successful scholarship program highlights how reducing financial burden among low-income, minority college students improves college completion and community engagement

This synthesis report, Expanding Access and Opportunity: The Washington State Achievers Program, extensively summarizes multiple studies conducted on a Washington State-based program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the College Success Foundation and 16 local high schools. Research showed that pre-college interventions are needed to touch on all barriers facing low-income students in Washington State when they attempt to obtain a baccalaureate degree. In addition to providing scholarships, programmatic components include early college awareness activities, high school redesign and reforms, and mentoring.