RAINIER BEACH – South Seattle Community College (SSCC) announced Wednesday that all graduating seniors at Rainier Beach High School will receive one-year of free tuition starting this fall, thanks to the 13th Year Promise Scholarship.
The scholarship, which is privately funded by the South Seattle Community College Foundation, offers one year of free tuition to graduating seniors from Cleveland High School, Chief Sealth International High School and now, Rainier Beach High School. All three schools are located in South Seattle Community College’s service area.
South Seattle Community College President Gary Oertli announced the news to Rainier Beach’s seniors during a surprise announcement at their school.
“This gives me a chance,” Taylor Allen, a Rainier Beach High School senior said. “High school is getting ready for college and college is getting ready for the real world. This is our time; this is the new Rainier Beach.”
In addition to receiving one year of free tuition to South, 13th Year Scholars also receive academic support as they transition from high school to college.
“It’s important for us not just to see these students come to our campus, but to walk across the graduation stage” Oertli explained. “The 13th Year program sets up its students to not only succeed in the classroom, but in life after graduation. The scholarship has made a lasting impact on hundreds of students and thanks to the generosity of our donors we will be able to continue that legacy at Rainier Beach.”
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