Arizona Academic Scholars is an initiative of the Arizona Business & Education Coalition in partnership with the Arizona State Board of Education. Arizona Academic Scholars is a community-wide incentive program designed to motivate more students to complete an academically enriched high school course of study. The result is students who meet or exceed state graduation requirements, develop important workplace skills, and graduate prepared to enter the 21st century workforce and excel in post-secondary education.
Arizona Academic Scholars is not just another school program. It is supported and recognized by the Arizona Business & Education Coalition, the State Board of Education, the Board of Regents, the Governor's Office, business partners and school districts throughout the state.
Any school district may become an Arizona Academic Scholars district by having the Superintendent and a business or business organization each sign a letter of commitment indicating their support and partnership in working to encourage students to take the more rigorous Scholars high school course of study in order to better prepare students for future success. Materials in the form of brochure templates, power point presentations and training materials are available upon the establishment of this partnership. Sustainability can be maintained at minimal cost to each community partnership.
Arizona Academic Scholars is open to any student in a participating school district, but it is particularly geared toward the middle 50 percent student who may not otherwise strive to take this level of academic rigor. Scholars is an effort to reduce the high level of remediation found in both 2-year and 4-year Arizona colleges, thereby increasing the likelihood of successful post-secondary completion with less cost to students in terms of time and dollars spent.
In your dreams:
Ready, Set, Scholar:
In your day:
My student, the scholar:
The pressure's on:
They call it "schoolwork" for a reason:
Ready, set, grow:
Academic Competitiveness Grant:
Students who graduate as Arizona Academic Scholars and are eligible for a Pell grant, may also be eligible for the Academic Competitiveness Grant which includes additional funding for post-secondary education.
Cha-Ching: Did you know that a college graduate generally makes almost $1,000,000 more in their career span compared to a high school graduate?
Crystal Ball: It's like looking into the future! The strongest predictor of you completing college is a rigorous and challenging high school experience.
Easy as ABC: While grade-point-average is important, a high one doesn't always mean you’re prepared for higher education. Remember, a challenging "C" is sometimes more valuable then
an easy "A".
Ready, set, hold on: Only 1 in 4 Arizona graduates meet all four college readiness benchmarks in English, Math, Reading and Science.
Back to school: 63 percent of students in two-year post-secondary institutions and 42 percent of students in four-year post-secondary institutions require remediation. All this comes at an increase in time and money.
Out of the pan and into the workforce: 85 percent of projected new jobs will require post-secondary education and work experience, suggesting that high school graduates need to be both college and career bound.
Glass half full: Targeted at the middle 50 percent of students, Arizona Academic Scholars provides new perspectives and skills for those preparing to enter the real world.
The next step: 98.4 percent of new jobs in Arizona that pay above the median wage will require some post-secondary education.
In Good Company: A number of business coalitions have joined in supporting the State Scholars Initiative.
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