Twenty-Five Winners Throughout Country are part of First Class of
Complete Your Journey Scholarship
ELK GROVE, Calif. – April 29, 2020 – The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) and Franklin High School are proud to announce that Wildcat Senior Wyman Chan has received a $40,000 College Board scholarship. Wyman Chan is part of the first class of the, “Complete Your Journey Scholarship” winners after completing all six college planning steps laid out in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program.
EGUSD Head Counselor, Nicole Brown applauded the young teen saying, “Elk Grove Unified congratulates Mr. Wyman Chan. The kind of persistence he showed in pursuing the Complete Your Journey College Board Opportunity Scholarship has earned him $40,000 for college and the invaluable lesson that hard work and dedication make every goal attainable. This achievement is uplifting and inspiring news for all of us during these challenging times.”
More than 500,000 students from all 50 states have joined the College Board Opportunity Scholarship program since it launched in December 2018. In addition to the 25 $40,000 Complete Your Journey winners, for the class of 2020 nearly 4,000 students from 48 states, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands earned $3.6 million in smaller scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2,000.
“To those students who may have counted themselves out of scholarship opportunities, this program is for you. There is so much more talent out there than we can see,” said College Board CEO David Coleman. “We want all students to see themselves as scholars, no matter where they began. College planning does not need to be daunting. These 25 students took one simple step, and then another, until they reached their goals. We encourage the class of 2021 to follow their lead.”
Complete Your Journey $40,000 scholarship winners completed these 6 college planning steps:
- Build Your College List: Students get started by exploring colleges they’re interested in (700 Build Your College List scholarships, each worth $500).
- Practice for the SAT: Students use Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy® (1,500 Practice for the SAT scholarships, each worth $1,000).
- Improve Your Score: Students show how practice pays off by improving their scores (150 Improve Your Score scholarships, each worth $2,000).
- Strengthen Your College List: Students make sure their list has a mix of reach, match, and safety schools (300 Strengthen Your College List scholarships, each worth $500).
- Complete the FAFSA: Students fill out the free government form to apply for financial aid (800 Complete the FAFSA® scholarships, each worth $1,000).
- Apply to Colleges: Students apply to the colleges they want to attend (500 Apply to Colleges scholarships, each worth $1,000).
Research shows that completing specific steps helps clarify the complex college planning process, especially for low-income and first-generation students.
The College Board has dedicated $25 million over 5 years to the new program that lays out 6 simple steps all students can take to get to college. Class of 2021 students who opt in now and get started by building their college list on BigFuture by July 31 will be eligible for the next $40,000 Complete Your Journey scholarship.
About College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools. For further information, visit collegeboard.org.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.
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