State Rep. Eric Johnson District 100, Texas House of Representatives
AUSTIN – State Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) and the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation today announced the beginning of a new financial assistance program for college-bound District 100 students.
The program, aimed at helping those students who demonstrate high potential through good grades and teacher recommendations, will provide financing for standardized college admissions test (SAT/ACT) preparation costs. Test preparation programs have demonstrated an ability to improve participants’ test scores.
“We must do all we can to help our students get the opportunity to receive a quality college education. One of the most effective ways we can do that is to put them on a level playing field when it comes to college admissions tests,” said Representative Johnson. “I am proud to partner with the Woodrow Wilson Community Foundation to kick off this promising new fund, which will give the young people of my district access to tools normally reserved for the children of more privileged families.”
Candidates for receiving assistance from the fund must be nominated by a principal, counselor, or teacher in a core subject at one of the participating high schools (Woodrow Wilson High School and Madison High School). Recipients of the fund will be selected by the Foundation; neither Representative Johnson nor his staff will have any role in selection.
Recipients must also have the written commitment of both the student and the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) that the student will complete the prep course and not miss classes.
“We share Representative Eric Johnson’s commitment to helping more children realize their dream of going to college,” said Foundation President Richard Vitale. “Sponsoring this fund is part of our Foundation’s mission of empowering students to make that dream a reality.”
The financial assistance fund was started with a sustaining gift from Representative Johnson; others are encouraged to contribute a sustaining gift or a one-time gift. The Foundation is 501(c)(3), and gifts are 100% tax deductible. Donations may be made on the Foundation’s website, www.woodrowfoundation.org/donations.