Money was never the motive for three Whiteland Community High School students who signed up for college-level, Advanced Placement courses this year — though it didn’t hurt.
Senior Laney Grady and juniors Stanley Njuguana and Quinton Oliver took AP courses last school year and passed the end-of-year test students must take to earn college credit from the courses.
This year, Grady and Oliver are each taking three math, science or English AP courses, and Njuguana is taking two. This school year a grant Whiteland is receiving from National Math and Science Initiatives will pay them $100 for each end-of-year exam they pass for those courses.
But the grant also pays for additional training for their teachers, and the students will have more time during the school year to get help from their teachers and study with other students. That, along with the chance to save hundreds even thousands of dollars in college costs by earning college credits early, is more valuable than the $200 to $300 they’ll get if they pass the exams, they said.