The A+ Schools Program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of the Rockwood School District who plan to attend a participating public community college or career/technical school. In addition, a number of private institutions provide scholarships for students who are A+ eligible upon high school graduation.
According to Julia Rust, A+ coordinator at Marquette High, the program has offered many families the opportunity to pursue their post-secondary plans without the stress of financial burden. Take a moment to review eligibility for the scholarship:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.
- Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 years immediately prior to graduation.
- Graduate with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Have at least a 95 percent attendance record overall for grades 9-12.
- Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25 percent may include job shadowing prior to graduation.
- Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol while in grades 9-12.
- Have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam or a higher level DESE approved end-of-course exam in the field of mathematics.
Jennifer Kottmann, A+ coordinator at Rockwood Summit High, noted that A+ provides a path for students to many college and career options. "Eligible graduates can utilize A+ funds to complete a two-year program, and then transfer on to a four-year university or go into the work force," she shared.