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Colin Powell praises Pinellas scholarship program



colin_powell.The Doorways Scholarship program garnered high praise this week from an unexpected source in an unexpected place. On the Huffington Post Wednesday, Gen. Colin Powell listed a handful of community efforts across the country that he said were making a dent in low graduation rates for at-risk students. Among them: Doorways, which is supported by the Pinellas Education Foundation and the City of St. Petersburg. Powell wrote:

Doorways Scholarships provides mentors and college scholarships for students who maintain good grades from sixth grade through high school. In the last three years, 93 percent of students in the program have graduated. To put this in perspective, the graduation rate among these students is 62 percent higher than a similar at-risk peer group in Florida. St. Petersburg's Doorways Scholarships is an example of how a well-developed and community-based program targeted to at-risk students can achieve outstanding success. (Image from

[Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 5:28pm]


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