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Miramar High School Wins “Closing the Gap” Award By College For Every Student

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Congratulations to Miramar High School for being named a winner of the “Closing the Gap” award, sponsored by College For Every Student (CFES). Miramar High is the only school in Florida to earn the award and one of 17 schools to win nationally. In all, 52 schools from 21 states applied for the “Closing the Gap” award, which provides special programs to prepare students for college and career success.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to receive this special programming,” said Miramar High School Principal Maria Formoso. “It is our vision that all our students graduate from high school, college and career ready.”  
“The awards will help us reach several thousand students from low-income families and get them on the path to college success,” said College For Every Student President and CEO Rick Dalton.
The College For Every Student program is tailored to fit the needs and culture of individual schools and engages every CFES scholar in three high-impact practices – mentoring, leadership through service, and pathways to college. The partnership with CFES provides schools with additional resources, training, guidance, support and marketing.
“Over the last two months, we conducted interviews with schools to determine which had the best leadership and commitment to move students toward college success,” said College For Every Student Vice President of Programs Tara Smith. “When we interviewed educators at Miramar High, it was evident that they were looking to really empower their students and create new opportunities for the school.”
The CFES program has been successful for more than two decades with 99 percent of CFES scholars graduating from high school, and 95 percent attending a college or university. The Closing the Gap awards are part of College For Every Student’s commitment to scale up and help one million youth from low-income families attain college degrees by 2025.
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