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UW Creates Scholarship For Needy Families

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The University of Washington will help students from low income families get into college next Fall.

It's called the Husky Promise Program.

And it promises to be just another way for students to make the jump to higher education.

The scholarship program is expected to support about five-thousand students at the campuses in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell.

That's about 1/5 of all undergrads.

Students would qualify if their family's income is below 65 percent of the state median income.

The scholarships would be funded through state and federal grants.

It's for families who make less than $46,500, or below 65 percent of the state median income.

And it takes effect next Fall.

University of Washington's Board of Regents are expected to approve the program next week.