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Four Eighth-Graders Awarded $5,000 as Recipients of CollegeBound™ Scholarship

NHA Communications Team  |  June 22, 2023
Four eighth-grade students closed out the school year with a surprise: a $5,000 scholarship. Chosen from hundreds of applicants from more than 90 National Heritage Academies (NHA) partner schools, these four rising scholars received the award through the NHA CollegeBound™ Scholarship program.
This year’s winners are:
- Ginger Florida, Chandler Woods Charter Academy (Belmont, Mich.)
- Selena Nguyen, Vanguard Charter Academy (Wyoming, Mich.)
- Benjamin Rodriguez, Keystone Academy (Belleville, Mich.)
- Sayan Shah, Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy (Plymouth, Mich.)
Each applicant wrote an essay on one of three topics: applying their morals in service to others through community service, situations in which Moral Focus virtues guided their decision-making process, or how science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) influenced their decision to pursue a career in those fields.
“I am thrilled to congratulate this year’s class of CollegeBound Scholarship winners,” NHA President and CEO Brian Britton said. “I’m inspired hearing these scholars’ stories of perseverance and courage. Seeing our educators encourage these tremendous young minds is what we strive to achieve each and every day through our mission to transform lives.”
The CollegeBound™ Scholarship Program is managed by an independent program administrator. Scholarship considerations include academic performance, community involvement, and a written essay. Through the application process, scholars can share about the experiences that have shaped them and the people who have influenced their lives – from community service to the real-world application of Moral Focus virtues to defining moments in the decision to pursue a STEM-based education.
Funding for the scholarship is provided through NHA employee contributions, people who believe in NHA’s mission to help every child achieve their dreams.

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