South Seattle College Foundation Programs
The South Seattle College Foundation has identified priority areas where our work and philanthropy can make the biggest difference:
- Get students in the door – both high school students and working adults
- Sustain and expand the “13th Year Promise Scholarship” program
- Partner with employers to identify current workers in need of training
- Offer scholarships
- Give South students the tools they need to succeed – encourage retention and completion
- Support innovative teaching and learning methods through faculty development awards
- Provide support in such areas as student emergency funds and childcare support and college classroom instructional equipment.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The 13th Year Promise Scholarship is both one of our recent successes and our continuing challenge:
South Seattle College and the college’s Foundation conceived the “13th Year Promise Scholarship” program following a board retreat in 2007. This program began as pilot for the 2008 class of Cleveland High School and expanded to Chief Sealth High School in 2011 and Rainier Beach High School in 2013.
Based on data from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges highlighting the enormous difference one year of college makes in students’ life success, this innovative program was developed to give every Cleveland High School, Chief Sealth High School and Rainier Beach High School graduate the opportunity to attend college tuition-free for one year. The three high schools were chosen based upon their proximity to the South Seattle College campus and after learning of their college entrance rates for graduating high school seniors.
This program has proved to be enormously popular and successful. Our challenge is to sustain the program in perpetuity and to expand it beyond the three high schools already served.