MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Nearly 1,700 students are graduating from Montgomery Public Schools this year, earning almost $40 million in scholarships.
LAMP students earned the biggest chunk of scholarships at more than $20 million.
"The LAMP students traditionally apply to many, many schools, and so they get more scholarship offers," said Tom Salter with Montgomery Public Schools.
BTW seniors got just over $6 million in scholarship offers, Park Crossing seniors earned nearly $4 million and graduates at MPACT, Montgomery's Career and Technical High School earned $37,000 in scholarships.
"They had scholarships to places like Trenholm Community College where they can learn trades and things like that all, on scholarships," Salter said.
Because 4-year college is not for everyone, the Alabama State Department of Education is making great strides in providing more opportunities and preparation for student's lives after high school.
"A lot of progress has been made in the last several years in identifying credible credentials that students can attain while in high school that really bring relevance to their time in high school," explained Jacob Davis, the state coordinator for Agriscience Education. "It actually can lead to a job right out of high school who can successfully attain those credentials."