Recent graduates of Loudoun County public high schools collectively earned a whopping $59.5 million in scholarships, according to totals released by the school division.
That’s 35 percent more than the class of 2015, which tallied $38.8 million in scholarship money. Loudoun’s class of 2016 also won $16 million more than the class of 2014.
The largest category of scholarships was in college-awarded grants ($33,626,101), followed by awards for athletics and other special talents ($9,141,163), military scholarships ($9,980,849) and Pell grants ($1,992,852).
Other funding came from the Tuition Assistance Grant program ($1,758,785); national or state awards ($1,198,788); community and civic service/church awards ($886,411); business/industry scholarships ($385,461); scholarships honoring a person ($271,472); and local high school grants ($234,655).
The county’s class of 2016 is the largest yet, which likely helped it outpace scholarship totals of previous years. There are 4,981 students in 14 high schools that make up this year’s graduating class, as compared to 4,665 graduates in 2015.
Here is the breakdown of their postgraduate plans, according to graduates’ surveys:
- 3,099 (62.22 percent) are going on to a four-year college;
- 1,183 (23.75 percent) will attend a two-year college;
- 344 (6.9percent) will attend continuing-education courses;
- 116 (2.33 percent) will go straight into the job market;
- 91 (1.83 percent) will go into the military; and
- 148 (2.97 percent) did not list their plans.