GHCHS: students win prestigious scholarship

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Posse

By Jane Sin and Manpreet Singh

On January 6, eight Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) students were awarded a four year, full tuition scholarship by the Posse Foundation. The most recent Posse scholars include seniors Carina Calderón, Iffat Chowdhury, Nicholas Genna, Leilani Jones, Matthew Nelson, Nathalie Reyes-Madrid, Anthony Turcios, and Raphaela Varella.

The Posse Foundation is a nonprofit organization that selects  high school leaders and trains them to continue their path of success at some of the top universities in the nation.

The Posse Foundation identifies students who might not shine as obviously as others in the long college selection process by examining both traditional and non-traditional forms of leadership. The Posse Foundation finds young leaders by looking at more than test scores, thereby training a diverse group to become world leaders.

According to the Posse Foundation’s website, “For 27 years, Posse partner colleges and universities have welcomed Posse Scholars onto their campuses. They have awarded an incredible $931 million in leadership scholarships to these young people and have seen their success not only as leaders on campus, but in these students’ 90 percent persistence and graduation rate.”

For driven students like Jones, the Posse Scholarship is an amazing gateway to a better future.

“It takes a lot of courage to go through this long, intimidating process.There are three interviews in order to get the Posse scholarship, all of which are intimidating on their own. For aspiring Posse scholars, I would say do not be afraid or intimidated by the process. Posse is an amazing opportunity and I think it is a really positive experience,” Jones said.

Questbridge

By Shaneli Mirpuri and Hope Su

This year eleven Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) seniors were awarded the QuestBridge scholarships. QuestBridge is a nonprofit organization that specializes in helping high-achieving students from low-income families pay for college.

According to the organization’s website, QuestBridge and its partners have supplied over two billion dollars to over 40,000 students in need. In total, Questbridge has selected over 13,000 students as finalists who have won partial scholarships and has also given around 3,000 full scholarships to its partner four-year universities.

GHCHS finalists this year are seniors Joshua Beristain, Irene Ning Chi, Emily Garcia, Calvin Lee, Sean Lee, Corine Lu, Seyeong Min, Tanthai Pongstien, Michael Rivas, Jane Sin, Manpreet Singh and Janice Yun.

Finalist Corine Lu was admitted to Yale University on a full QuestBridge scholarship. Corine learned about the Questbridge program while at a conference the organization held at Stanford University. She started her application process early and applied for the Questbridge program in hopes of becoming a finalist. On December 1 she was notified of her win via email before many students had even started the college application process. Lu was provided provided with $70,000 from Questbridge, which covers almost all of her university fees.

“I’m only covering my indirect fees. I just pay $10 a term for tuition, room and board. It’s a great feeling,” Lu said.

National Merit Scholarship

By Carina Calderon and Sukhmani Kaur

In September, seven Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) students received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

The winners of this year’s National Merit Scholarship award are seniors Michael Hong, Ethan Jackola, Rucha Kelkar, John Lee, Joshua Lee, Caleb Oh, and Jennifer Xie.

The National Merit Scholarship Program began in 1955 as an academic competition to award students who score exceptionally well on the PSAT/NMQST test taken in their junior year of high school. Finalists are selected based on the nationally applied Selection Index scores, abilities, skills, and accomplishments demonstrated throughout their high school career.

Some of the National Merit Scholarship awards winners received $2,500 which allowed these students to gain funding for college based on their academic abilities rather than solely relying on the financial circumstances.

“When I received the scholarship, I felt excited and surprised. I appreciate getting the opportunity to participate in a merit scholarship rather than one based on my financial status,” Kelkar said.

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