permission: The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation
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With a positive, upbeat message to Idaho schools, The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is encouraging students to continue their education after high school, and offering schools money to “take the challenge.” Currently 43rd in the nation for post-secondary candidates, Idaho’s statistics reveal that a mere 17% of Idaho students actually graduate from college.
Understanding that post-secondary education is essential is a first step toward Idaho students (and their parents) taking control of their lives. To this end, the Go On Challenge hinges on three simple steps for students:
1 – signing up for upper-level classes (especially in math and science) in high school
2 – taking college entrance exams (PSAT, SAT, ACT, PLAN)
3 – earning college credits by enrolling in AP, technical-prep, and dual-credit courses
To encourage schools and students to take part in the challenge, The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is offering prizes of up to $100,000 to schools who increase their percentage of students enrolled in such courses between the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years.
In addition, students can win cash prizes by entering various essay contests explaining why they want to go on after high school. The Idaho Statesman will sponsor several such contests throughout the year, each offering a $275 cash prize to students. The first contest deadline is Wednesday, May 19, 2010.
The J.K. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation Go On Challenge
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