Paid for Grades, a not-for-profit organization providing supplemental tutoring and financial incentives to participating students, hosted its final of three award ceremonies on Thursday at Lakewood High School. 46 freshman students who completed the Paid for Grades course this year, earning $46,000 for themselves, mentors and the school.
Now in its tenth year, the Paid for Grades program donated $206,000 to students, mentors and their respective schools after 206 students from Boca Ciega, Lakewood and Hollins High Schools completed the not-for-profit’s readability program, the most successful year in the organization’s decade-long history.
In partnership with the Pinellas Education Foundation, the Paid for Grades program rewards freshman students who raise their overall GPA and readability levels, as well as maintain good attendance and behavioral standing, with $500 heading into summer. Additionally, Paid for Grades gives the students’ designated mentors $400, and provides schools with $100 for each student that completes the course.
This year, Paid for Grades donated $52,000 to Boca Ciega High School, $108,000 to Hollins High School and $46,000 to Lakewood High School.
Paid for Grades was launched in 2013 by Chargebacks911® Founder Monica Eaton. The company continues to serve as the primary financial backer of the Paid for Grades program, having donated more than $1.2 million to Pinellas County students, mentors and schools to date.
“I cannot overstate how incredibly proud I am of each and every one of these students who voluntarily put forth the effort to better themselves,” said Monica Eaton. “Because of their tremendous efforts, these students have collectively made this program the most successful it’s ever been. We hope that they are able to take away valuable lessons about self-improvement and commitment that they can carry with them through high school and beyond.”
Teachers and administrators interested in bringing the Paid for Grades program to their school are encouraged to visit the Paid for Grades How It Works page.
Businesses and community partners interested in supporting the Paid for Grades program are asked to visit the program's Get Involved page. For more general information on the Paid for Grades program, visit https://paidforgrades.org.