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Middle School Student Could Get their College Tuition Paid For

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Abril Guirao is a middle schooler who says she likes science and math, two subjects that could help her go to medical school.

"I want to be a doctor, have a great career and help many kids and adults," said Guirao.

Washington Middle School's assistant principal says their students are exposed to colleges and universities in their own hallways. They're talking to their students about how they can get there.

"Yakima School District has opportunities to fill that pathway to higher education without having to worry about where the money's coming," said Ismael Flores.

Which is why students like Abril are being encouraged to apply to the College Bound Scholarship.  7th and 8th graders pledge to keep a 2.0 GPA throughout high school and be good citizens of the community. In exchange, students could get their entire college tuition paid for

"You have that opportunity to go to college not only to better yourself but to help your family," said Flores.

Abril is one example of a student who's says working hard is worth the reward.

"I want to pay for my own things at school, I want my mom to help my brother out," said Guirao.

The scholarship is available to middle school students from low-income families who apply by the June 30th deadline.