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Students Learn About College Bound Scholarship Program

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PASCO, Wash.--  More than 200 parents and students are one step closer to going to college. This is after an informational session at Columbia Basin College Wednesday night. 

7th, 8th, and 9th graders learned about the College Bound Scholarship Program.  Students have to take a pledge to graduate high school with a 2.0 grade point average, stay crime free, and be from a low income family.  Higher education coordinators say more people qualify for the scholarships than last year because of the economy.

CBC staff explain they don't want to let money stop anyone from going to school.  Martin Valadez, Vice President of Diversity and Outreach at CBC, says, "We want students to pursue higher education.  We want to make sure that finance is not what's keeping them from pursuing their college dreams."

Finances certainly won't stop Seth Ackley.  He's a ninth grader and took the pledge to go to college.  He says, "I was here today to make sure I can go to college and do what I really want to do for a living.   I want to be a game warden.  It's like a police officer and helps with the hunting and stuff."  Ackley has a 3.94 GPA. 

The deadline for current 8th and 9th graders to apply for the scholarship is June 30th.