Our AVID Seniors are going places! Over the past years, we have had a majority of students accepted to a variety of in-state and out-of state, two and four year colleges and universities. We are proud to say AVID Seniors are required to apply to four or more colleges and must apply monthly to scholarships as part of their participation in AVID. AVID over time prepares them through early exploration of college applications, financial aid requirements, and personal essay development. On average, AVId seniors 80% have taken part in the AVID elective for three or more years. Over the past several years have had student collect scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000 with more than ten receiving full scholarships to institutions. With an ivy league engineering student at Cornell, pre-med student at Georgetown, and many NOVA Pathway to Baccalaureate scholars starting their journey locally, we are excited to have a 78% persistence rate in year two of higher education.
AVID Class of 2019 seniors has accomplished amazing things this year. The cohort of fifty who had an average GPA of 3.2, amassed more than $3.6 mil in scholarships alone. These seniors have a collective total of 130 college acceptances at more than eighty-five colleges and universities. To date, no less than nine students have received full tuition/ room and board to a higher education institution, equivalent to a “full ride.” Approximately 80% of these seniors have been enrolled in AVID since their freshman year and have embodied the “AVID way.” Eight-six percent of these students took both the ACT and SAT and 98% completed four-year college entrance requirements and the FAFSA (if eligible). Twenty-seven of the fifty nabbed the local Scholarship Fund of Alexandria award.
Students will be attending a variety of universities in the fall such as George Mason, Georgetown, Hampton, James Madison, Marymount, Northern Virginia Community College, Old Dominion, Randolph, Virginia Commonwealth, Univ. of Virginia and Virginia State to name a few. Seventy-five percent plan to attend a four-year college or university and 22% plan to attend a 2-year college. With 97% enrollment in college and one choosing to take a gap year, our goal has been met, which was to ensure all students have a plan that includes advanced learning and training post-high school. For more information regarding AVID Seniors nationally, please see AVID.org
Check out this feature that celebrates our very own AVID 12 student, Wilmer Carranza, who is a 2020 Posse Scholarship winner.