Montgomery County high school graduates were awarded more money for college this year than ever before, according to data released Tuesday by Montgomery County Public Schools.
The approximately 10,000 2012 graduates of county public schools earned $238.5 million in scholarships this year, which is approximately $5.7 million more than the amount that roughly the same number of students were awarded last year.
The scholarship amounts could continue to grow in the next few weeks.
“The amount of scholarship money earned is another indication of how our students are achieving at the highest levels,” Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr stated in a press release. “This success is a testament to their hard work, the support of their families, and the dedication of the [school system] staff.”
Of the graduates, 169 were accepted into Ivy League schools. That number is up from 152 last year, from an average of about 233 students in each of the three prior years.
Other accomplishments of this year’s graduating class include 14 National Merit finalists, 20 National Hispanic Recognition finalists and 19 National Achievement finalists.