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Achieve Charter Academy Student Awarded $5,000 College Scholarship

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Daniel Li_Achieve Charter Academy.jpgCANTON, Mich., May 15, 2014—Students from 76 schools in nine states applied for a one-time college scholarship from National Heritage Academies (NHA) CollegeBound Scholarship™ program. Out of 500 applicants, four were awarded the $5,000 scholarship to be used for their future college endeavors. One of the winners includes Achieve Charter Academy eighth-grade student Daniel Li.  

Daniel is a member of the math club, robotics club, band, Little Stars Foundation, National Junior Honor Society, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Student Council, science club, and writing circle club. He also participates in local international cultural events and Chinese culture events around the area. Daniel has been the recipient of multiple awards including a perfect score on the American Mathematics Competition 8. After high school, Daniel hopes to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Daniel Li is a model student at our school, and someone all other students can look up to,” said Jennifer Conley, principal at Achieve Charter Academy. “Daniel naturally exemplifies our Moral Focus virtues daily. He is always seeking out ways to grow and learn. He is a true leader.”

Each student was required to pick from three topics to write a 250-500 word essay about their school’s Moral Focus curriculum. An independent professional selection group picked the winners based on their essay submission, academics, and community service. The winners receive a $5,000 scholarship for college tuition. 

“On behalf on National Heritage Academies it is an honor to award one of our four scholarships to Daniel Li,” said Tari Reinink, NHA chief marketing officer. “Through his essay writing, community service, scholastic honors, and high praise from those around him, Daniel’s passion for furthering his education is apparent. I have no doubt Daniel will accomplish remarkable things in high school, college, and life.”
Essay topics available included explaining how a community service project allowed the student to apply morals in service to others, describing a situation in which a moral focus virtue helped guide their decision-making process, or from personal experience, explain the impact new technology and science are having on morality.

“Receiving this scholarship is really exciting, it’s a great feeling,” said Li. “I think it is important to keep your interest in mind when learning. Take advantage of what you learn in school, but also make sure to take time to learn all you can about things that you enjoy. I have always enjoyed community service, I like helping people so it felt natural that it should be the topic of my scholarship essay.”

Ninety-three point five percent of the scholarship money comes directly from NHA employee donations. Many NHA employees see the scholarship fund as a way to further support students and help them on the path toward college readiness.

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National Heritage Academies is a charter school management company operating 76 schools in nine states for the 2013-2014 school year. It is currently serving more than 50,000 students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

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