A new scholarship program available to middle class students pursuing a college degree will offer $3 million in scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.
The Opportunity Scholarship program will offer 3,000 scholarships worth $1,000 each, according to a news release from state Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver. Each scholarship can be renewed for up to five years.
The program is a public-private partnership resulting from $5 million in seed money being provided by the state and another $50 million coming from Microsoft and Boeing.
The scholarships are meant to address the trouble that middle class families are encountering in paying for a college degree.
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There are income eligibility limits. A family of four can't make more than $102,200 a year for one of the family's children to qualify.
Scholarships are open to high school seniors through college seniors. Applicants must be Washington residents, have a 2.75 or higher GPA and have completed the 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
Students can apply online through collegesuccessfoundation.org .