For Immediate Release
November 21, 2015

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Editors: For photos of the week’s activities, contact Tori Berube.

“I Am College Bound/I Applied” Initiative Assists 535 NH High School Seniors

Concord, NH — During the week of November 16, New Hampshire’s 2015 “I Am College Bound/I Applied” Initiative assisted 535 NH high school seniors submit 999 college applications.

Students from fourteen public high schools participated during the week: Berlin, Concord High, Kearsarge Regional, Keene, Laconia, Manchester Central, Manchester West, Newfound Regional, Newport, Portsmouth, Profile, Raymond, Somersworth, and White Mountains Regional.

The state’s campaign was created as part of the national American College Application Campaign (ACAC), launched by the American Council on Education (ACE), ACAC is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income high school seniors who pursue a postsecondary education. Students are encouraged to submit at least one college admission application during a particular school day with the support of their school and local higher education professionals.

According to Dr. Edward R. MacKay, Division Director for the state’s Department of Education’s Division of Higher Education, “As New Hampshire looks to increase the number of residents with some form of a postsecondary certificate or degree to 65% by 2025, the “I Am College Bound/I Applied” initiative supports and encourages high school students to begin and successfully complete the college application and financial aid processes.”

Students are provided with follow-up support and materials regarding completing the college admissions and financial aid processes. Each participating high school receives one $500 scholarship to be raffled and awarded to a participating student.

In New Hampshire, our “I Am College Bound/I Applied” campaign began in 2014 when 264 students at six public high schools submitted 533 college applications. For more information, visit the information page.