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Rotary Club of Arlington Webb Scholarships
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About Rotary Club of Arlington Webb Scholarships
In 1992, The Rotary Club of Arlington created an endowment to encourage students who finish Webb Elementary School to continue their education by graduating from high school and then from a college, university, or trade school. Webb Elementary School is a Title 1, K-6 school in Arlington, Texas. Over 94% of the students have families or guardians at or below poverty level. Many of the family members or guardians have been homeless, and/or are currently incarcerated or other problems. Currently, about 90% of the students are Hispanic. Yearly, about 100 of the students finish Webb Elementary School. About half this number (50) will graduate from high school. Those starting college will number approximately 40. Currently, probably two or three of these 40 students will graduate from college. Nationally, the figure for all Hispanics finishing college is around 11%. The Webb students finishing college will be below the national average because Webb students are poorer than average Hispanics, and more are first generation US citizens. The Rotary/Webb School Scholarship Program is designed to provide a large part of college education costs for every student that graduates from Webb Elementary School and then graduates from high school. This $750 per semester scholarship is for tuition and books, and it is available for a total of 8 semesters of college or in some cases an approved vocational school. This scholarship program was started in 1995, and the first student to attend college on a Webb/Rotary scholarship was in the Fall of 2002. When students graduate from Webb Elementary School, a Rotary scholarship certificate is given to the student during the graduation ceremony. Upon graduation from a high school, a student that wishes to attend college contacts the scholarship chairman, the student provides a letter of acceptance to the college, and a list of planned courses the student will take. After approval of the college and course load, a $750 check is issued from the Arlington Rotary Foundation to the college for the students’ books and tuition.
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