students in arizona to get $50 for an 'a'
[font=verdana,sans-serif][font=verdana,sans-serif]email this storyapr 16, 2:15 pm (et)
tucson, ariz. (ap) - students attending one tucson school are going to be given the chance to earn college money for good grades.
a california benefactress is offering every student at wakefield middle school the chance to earn $50 for every "a" earned in math, reading, science, social studies and writing.
the incentive, which begins in august, follows the student through high school.
the money can only be used to pay for college. all told, a student entering the sixth grade at wakefield in august could earn close to $4,300 by high school graduation.
letters explaining the opportunity will be going home soon to parents, as well as applications to enroll in the lapan college club.
the program is funded through the lapan sunshine foundation, created in 1989 by californian patricia lapan, whose son, david lapan, is a tucson cardiologist.
lapan said she wants to help students who might not normally qualify for scholarships but have the drive and determination to succeed in life.
isette lopez-valdivia, a fifth-grader at an elementary school that feeds wakefield, said she's confident she can pull off the grades she needs to earn money for college.
"you work hard throughout your life," the 10-year-old said. "that's how everybody gets through it."
right now, isette wants to be a fashion designer.
lapan said she has confidence in the wakefield staff and that the students will set an example for their peers.
the school was identified by the tucson unified school district as needing improvement but has since earned a performing label from the state for its increased student test scores. "i'm sure it will be successful," lapan said of the program. "i just hope it happens in my lifetime because i'd like to see it happen."