Bridgeport (WA) High School, Home of Bridgeport Dollars for Scholars, is a Finalist in President Obama's Commencement Challenge

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18 apr 2011
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Bridgeport High School in Washington, home of Bridgeport Dollars for Scholars, has been named one of six finalists from the thousands that applied for the President's Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. The winning school will feature a commencement address from President Obama. (See White House staff call each of the finalist schools below.)

Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, has been an important part of the process that led Bridgeport to this distinction. Prior to the community forming a Dollars for Scholars chapter, no Bridgeport student had ever been awarded a collegiate scholarship; help from Dollars for Scholars also helped the very first student of Hispanic descent from Bridgeport High School go to college.

As one of the finalists in the Commencement Challenge, the school's students are producing a video about their school (with help from MTV). This video, along with those from the other five finalists, will be posted on the White House website starting April 21. Members of the public will vote on the best videos on the site through May 3; the top three winners will be submitted to President Obama, who will pick the winner.

As the only rural school in the contest, Bridgeport is asking for help from Dollars for Scholars communities and education supporters across the nation. Your votes can help highlight the achievements of this amazing school and chapter.

Visit to learn more and cast your vote. Read more about Bridgeport High School and Bridgeport Dollars for Scholars via the Wenatchee World, Quad City Herald and Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.

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