Stockton Mayor wants you to go to college

A fantastic announcement from Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs at the Bob Hope Theater today: Stockton Scholars will provide scholarship money to every student who decides to go to college or trade school, starting with the SUSD class of 2019. I wrote this story for the University of the Pacific newsroom after attending the event.

Hundreds of area high school students and local officials packed Bob Hope Theater in Stockton on Jan. 16 for a special event where the mayor announced a new initiative to increase the number of youth who earn a college degree.

Mayor Michael Tubbs said he secured a $20 million grant to launch “Stockton Scholars,” a new program modeled after similar successful endeavors in cities like Long Beach and Oakland. Tubbs said the goal of this new city-wide scholarship program is to triple the number of Stockton students who both enter and graduate from college over the next decade – and retain them in the community. Through Stockton Scholars the city is providing students in the Stockton Unified School District with scholarships focused on local institutions, including University of the Pacific.

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