What is the College Bound Scholarship?
College Bound Scholarship (CBS) is an early commitment of state financial aid to help eligible students pay for college. It is a 4 year college scholarship that combines with other state financial aid to cover the average cost of tuition, fees, and books at over 60 college, universities, and technical schools in Washington State. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is by the end of your student's 8th grade year. This scholarship is NOT a loan; students DO NOT have to pay back any money that is awarded.
Who can get the College Bound Scholarship?
Every student can apply for CBS, but not everyone will be eligible. You are eligible if you are a student in 7th or 8th grade and meet one of the qualifying requirements. Please click here to learn if you qualify for the scholarship. Pro tip - if your family qualifies for free/reduced lunch in the Cashmere school district, your student will qualify for this scholarship.
What do I have to do?
Your counselor will distribute the scholarship. All you have to do is to check one of the boxes that indicates you are eligible for the scholarship. You must also sign the back page of the application. All other information on the application is completely optional.
What does my student have to do?
Students must sign and turn in their completed application to Mr. Hallmark - By doing so, your student commits to the college bound pledge, meaning: they will graduate from high school with a 2.0 GPA or better, apply to college/technical school within 1 year of graduating high school, and apply for financial aid using FAFSA/WASFA before attending college. If your student chooses to not attend college after they graduate high school, there is no penalty.
Who can I talk to if I have questions, need help, or want more information?
If you have questions regarding the College Bound Scholarship/program, please contact Mr. Hallmark via email or phone. Click here to access the College Bound resource page