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800 Oakesdale Avenue Southwest

Renton, WA 98057

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Puget Sound Coalition for College and Career Readiness and Puget Sound College and Career Network Colleagues --

Please join us for a special session to discuss the regional scholarship program. In this meeting, Brock Grubb will present findings from his research and share specific design options for feedback from Coalition members and members of the PSCCN Steering Committee. Feedback will inform contents of the final report. Additional context is below.

Lunch is provided. Please RSVP so that we have an accurate head count.

Contact Brock Grubb (brockgrubb@gmail.com) with questions.

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Project context. Today, more than ever, a college degree is critical to access living wage jobs. National research into the value of a postsecondary credential has consistently found positive financial returns on an investment in a postsecondary education and that credentials - including one and two year credentials - can act as a shield from unemployment during economic downturns. A report from the Washington Roundtable projects that the state will have 740,000 job openings between 2016 and 2021 many of which will require postsecondary credentials. More recent research by Jenée Meyers Twitchell into labor market trends in a three county region (King, Snohomish and Pierce) estimates that 68% of current jobs require a postsecondary credential and that this will grow to 78% in the next five years.

Despite these benefits, postsecondary education remains out of reach for many students. College costs continue to climb at a rapid rate and federal aid has simply not kept up. Thankfully, the State of Washington provides additional resources above and beyond available federal aid. The State Need Grant and the College Bound Scholarship are crafted specifically to help low-income students cover college costs and have made a tremendous difference for students across the state and in the King County region. Many students have also benefited from the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship which provides funding for students pursuing careers in high demand areas. Even when students have all or most of their college tuition and fees met, some sources of aid lack the flexibility to be used for other costs of attendance (e.g., books, food and rent). The need for these additional resources can be especially pronounced in regions like the Puget Sound where the cost of living is high and growing.

Even when full financial need is fully met, students often lack the supports need to persist and complete in a postsecondary institution. Research has shown that low-income, first generation college going students students face barriers and often lack a sense of belonging in the college setting. If students do not receive adequate support and develop a sense of belonging, they can easily feel overwhelmed, lose motivation and decide to drop out.

In King County, the window of opportunity for providing additional scholarship dollars and enhanced student supports may be opening. Passage of the Sound Transit 3 plan (ST3) provides one possible funding source. While the specific uses of the ST3 sales and use tax offset fee have not been established, several representatives at the County Council have indicated that they would like to consider a scholarship program as one option. In addition, representatives in the City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning and Mayor elect Jenny Durkin have demonstrated interest in such a scholarship program. The Seattle Colleges have conducted independent financial projections to estimate the costs of scaling South Seattle’s well-regarded 13th Year Promise Scholarship program to all three Seattle College campuses. In addition to public sources, private funders - including family foundations and corporate philanthropy - are potential sources of funding for a scholarship and support model.

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