Fifty-one Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students graduating at the end of the month have received news of an early graduation present – they will have a share of $1 million in Broad Prize scholarships. The 51 students, representing 17 Gwinnett high schools, applied for the scholarships and were selected based on the recommendations of an independent application review committee comprised of admissions, enrollment and financial aid professionals from colleges and universities.
Gwinnett County Public Schools received the scholarship money because the district won the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education, awarded by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a national education philanthropy. Awarded annually, The Broad Prize honors urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing income and ethnic achievement gaps.
Although The Broad Prize recognizes urban school district efforts on the whole, the beneficiaries of The Broad Prize funds are the students themselves. Graduating seniors from Broad Prize winning and finalist districts are eligible for two- or four-year scholarships, depending on the type of higher education institution they choose to attend. Students who enroll in four-year colleges receive $20,000 scholarships paid out over four years ($5,000 per year). Students who enroll in two-year colleges or technical programs receive $5,000 scholarships paid out over two years ($2,500 per year). The Broad Prize scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America.
For more information about The Broad Prize, visit www.broadprize.org.