Students at Payson High School, who are graduating at least a semester early and who plan to immediately attend a community college, university, technical or vocational school, could be eligible for extra financial aid.
Payson High School guidance secretary Judy Neese said applicable Arizona high school students could earn an education grant of $1,000 for the first year of postsecondary education, and $500 for the second.
She said students would be required to attend school on a full or part time basis (six credit hours or more) for a minimum of eight months.
Neese said the district would make details available to parents and students soon.
Eligible students will be reported to the Arizona Department of Education, Neese said.
"This is a pilot program which offers early graduates a nice opportunity, as long as they are planning to further their education immediately after high school," she said.
ADE must receive data on eligible students from the district no later than Nov. 30, Associate superintendent for ADE Vicki Salazar said.
For more information on the early Graduation Scholarship Fund, call the Payson High School Guidance Office at 474-2233, or visit the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education at www.azhighered.org.