The scholarships were awarded to students in school districts that were finalists for the 2008 Broad Prize for Urban Education, the largest education prize in the country, given each year to urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement in the nation while reducing achievement gaps among ethnic groups and between high- and low-income students.
The winner of the 2008 Broad Prize was
"The best investment we can make in this economy is in our young people's minds, skills and workforce preparedness," said
Unlike most traditional scholarships that are awarded only to top-tier students, Broad Prize scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have a demonstrated record of improving their grades over the course of their high school career and have financial need.
Broad Prize scholars receive two- or four-year scholarships depending on the type of institution they choose to attend. Scholarship recipients who enroll in four-year institutions receive
A full list of this year's scholarship recipients by school district is available on www.broadprize.org.
Since The Broad Prize was first awarded in 2002, more than 825 students nationwide have received college scholarships.
One hundred of the largest urban school districts nationwide are automatically considered for The Broad Prize each year. Districts cannot apply for this award. To be selected as one of five finalists, a district must demonstrate strong student academic performance and improvement, a reduction in income and ethnic achievement gaps and systemic district policies and practices leading to gains.
The winner of the 2009 Broad Prize will be announced on
For more information about The Broad Prize, please visit www.broadprize.org.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is a national venture philanthropy established by entrepreneur and philanthropist
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