November 21, 2001

Sweetwater District's Class of 2007 is Second Generation to have Guaranteed SDSU Admission

With academic and scholarship support already in place for Sweetwater District eighth graders, the next generation of seventh graders now has financial assistance ready and waiting to help them go to San Diego State University -thanks to a scholarship fund established by Carol and William Stensrud of the Stensrud Foundation.

New Scholarships: Carol and William Stensrud present $500,000 check for Compact for Success scholarship fund. L-R: Sweetwater Board President Bob Griego, Southwest Junior seventh grader Stephanie Correa, William and Carol Stensrud of the Stensrud Foundation, Sweetwater Board Member Arlie Ricasa, Superintendent Ed Brand and Southwest Junior seventh grader Phillip Pouvave.

Sporting Future SDSU Aztec T-shirts, students representing Sweetwater's Class of 2007 greeted over 200 local dignitaries, students, parents, and members of the community at a reception held recently at Southwest Junior High. After
a lively welcome from Southwest Junior's mariachi band, Carol and William Stensrud presented a $500,000 check to the Compact for Success.

Initiated last year, Compact for Success—a unique partnership between the Sweetwater District and San Diego State University—guarantees admission for every student in Sweetwater's Classes of 2006, 2007 and 2008 who reaches the program's specified benchmarks. Students with the greatest need will receive financial assistance through Compact scholarships.

Sweetwater Board President Bob Griego said, "We want to ensure that our students have access to every door of opportunity—especially the chance for a college education. That's exactly what Compact for Success does, and our board has made a firm commitment to provide the resources that help get the job done."

Starting in seventh grade and continuing through high school graduation, the Compact establishes high academic expectations and backs up those expectations with comprehensive support services from both Sweetwater and San Diego State. Early preparation and intervention programs—including tutoring, parental involvement and college visits—are in place to ensure students get support every step of the way.

In addressing Southwest Junior's Future Aztecs, Carol Stensrud noted that Compact for Success is like a roadmap to their academic future.

"And you're in the driver's seat. We hope our support will help to make college a reality for you," she said.

At the reception, Dr. Allan Bailey, San Diego State University's Chief Financial and Information Officer of University Advancement, said the Compact assists students to overcome any obstacles to higher education.

"If you work hard and meet the requirements, we promise you a place at SDSU," he said. Also present were district graduates Michael and Monica Ellis of the Ellis Foundation, who have contributed $500,000 for scholarships to the Compact Class of 2006. With an additional $100,000 from an anonymous donor, Sweetwater District has secured over $1 million to provide college tuition assistance to students in greatest need in the Classes of 2006, 2007, and 2008. Efforts are now underway to secure another $1.5 million for the graduating Classes of 2008, 2009, and 2010.

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