The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools graduates of 2016 earned $127.6 million in scholarships, an increase of 16 percent over the $109.9 million earned by the class of 2015. More than 2,900 scholarships were offered to the graduates, up from 2,791 a year earlier.
Providence High had the highest total of 26 high schools, earning $17.9 million. Two other schools earned more than $10 million: South Mecklenburg High with $14.4 million and Mallard Creek High with $12.9 million.
“CMS continues to produce graduates who are actively recruited by colleges and universities,” said Superintendent Ann Clark. “We are very proud of the class of 2016 for setting a new record in scholarship money awarded to our graduates.”
Several schools saw significant increases in 2016 from a year ago. Mallard Creek High’s 2016 total of $12.9 million was more than double last year’s $5.4 million. West Charlotte High also had a notable increase, with graduates earning $4.5 million in 2016, up from $1.8 million a year earlier.
Other schools with large increases included Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology with $4.4 million in 2016, up from $2.5 million in 2015; Cato Middle College High with $1.8 million, up from $496,098 a year ago; Vance High with $5.8 million, up from $1.5 million in 2015, and William A. Hough High, which had a total of $9.5 million, up from $6.1 million a year earlier.