Twenty years ago, George Weiss and his then-wife, Diane, offered an entire class of 6th graders an opportunity that would make many students green with envy. Finish high school, the Weisses said, and we’ll pay for your college education.
Some kids took full advantage of the offer. For example, Jarmaine Ollivierre, a former special ed student, has earned a slew of degrees and now works as an engineer for NASA.
Despite the standouts, though, only 20 out of the 112 students ended up getting a bachelor’s degree. That’s less than 18 percent.
Just goes to show you that not even a free ride can keep some kids in school.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.