Solid Foundations Mean More Graduations

Kathryn Hickok

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By Kathryn Hickok

Solid Foundations Mean More Graduations

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Did you know that students who drop out of high school are three times as likely to face unemployment, earn less than half the average salary of a college graduate, and are 47 times more likely to end up incarcerated than college graduates?

In Oregon, a third of public high school students do not earn a standard high school diploma in four years. What if you could do one simple thing to increase a lower-income child’s likelihood of high school graduation?

A study by the U.S. Department of Education shows that children who finish 8th grade in a private elementary school are twice as likely to graduate from high school and to attend and graduate from college.

The Children’s Scholarship Fund is the only national K-8 scholarship organization in the country providing help and hope today to children from lower-income families through a partial tuition scholarship to any private school of their parents’ choice.

Here in Oregon, the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland has assisted more than 600 low-income students in getting a quality education. Would you like to help a lower-income child get a head start today? 100% of donations go directly to tuition scholarships supporting lower-income kids in our community. For more information about the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland, visit Cascade Policy Institute on the web at and click on “Children’s Scholarship Fund.”

Kathryn Hickok is Publications Director at Cascade Policy Institute and Director of the privately funded Children’s Scholarship Fund-Portland, which provides partial tuition scholarships to Oregon elementary students from lower-income families.

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