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500 Delta College students from Stockton eligible for scholarships

The Stockton Scholars Program will cover the cost of books, transportation and other school-related expenses.

STOCKTON, Calif. — Hundreds of Stockton students will soon be eligible to receive more scholarship money when they choose to go to San Joaquin Delta College.

Stockton Scholars, a foundation formed by Mayor Michael Tubbs last year with $20 million worth of private donations, signed a formal agreement Monday with San Joaquin Delta College and the City of Stockton.

More than 500 eligible students from Stockton Unified District with a 2.0 GPA or better will receive a $500 scholarship every year from the foundation.

Mayor Tubbs said scholarship recipients will also receive guidance every semester to help them succeed and graduate on time.

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"Today is incredibly exciting…that the Stockton Scholars program has reached an agreement with Delta College to make sure that…students…[can easily]…access their aid," Tubbs said. "They're part of a community of support. So that when they need help…it's easy for them to get that information."

While many of the students attending community college will attend tuition free through the California College Promise Program, money from the Stockton Scholars Program is meant to cover the cost of books, transportation and other school-related expenses. 

"They [will] still have other expenses to deal with, but this is a really nice first step to... get them going and get them... their books when school starts," said Kathleen Hart, superintendent and president of San Joaquin Delta College.

Awards for the upcoming fall semester have already been announced. Delta College encourages high school students graduating next year to apply in the spring of 2020.

For more details, click here for the Stockton Scholars website.

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