Support 13th Year
Your financial support is integral to the success of the 13th Year Promise Scholarship program. Please consider donating today so we can ensure as many graduating seniors from Garfield High School have the opportunity to use this scholarship to begin their college educations. With enough resources and support, you can help us expand the program to additional high schools around Seattle Central.
The purpose of the 13th Year Promise Scholarship is to increase access to higher education for our community's young people, particularly those from underrepresented groups (e.g. students of color, low-income students, and first-generation college students).
The scholarship is open to all graduates from Garfield High School, regardless of GPA, income or other factors. All participating students are guaranteed one year of in-state tuition, paid for through a combination of need-based financial aid and scholarship funds (made possible by donations from generous private donors).
The costs to launch the 13th Year are covered thanks to an investment from the City of Seattle. But the Seattle Central Foundation relies on generous donations to pay the direct tuition costs of students who earn a 13th Year Promise Scholarship.
The program leverages state and federal financial aid, alternate scholarships and other funding options first, leaving an average gap of $1,350 in last-dollar scholarship funding needed to pay for students’ first year of tuition.
We need your support to help us fill this gap so we have the resources to pay for as many students’ first year as possible.
The 13th Year Promise Scholarship is based on research from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges that demonstrates a high school diploma and one year of college is the critical “tipping point” for a student to earn a college credential and qualify for living wage jobs.
Initially launched by South Seattle College in 2008 to serve Cleveland High School’s graduating seniors, the program expanded to include Chief Sealth International High School in 2011 and Rainier Beach High School in 2014. It has served more than 500 students since its inception, with 50 percent indicating they would not have attended college otherwise.
Recognizing the program’s efficacy in helping underrepresented high school students access college, the City of Seattle developed a plan to expand the program. Thanks to the city’s investment, Seattle Central and North Seattle colleges are launching their own 13th Year programs at Garfield and Ingraham high schools, respectively. The goal is to expand the program to every high school in Seattle as additional funding becomes available, making a college education accessible to all graduating seniors in Seattle.