Emma Chow, an eighth-grader at Greensboro Academy, was surprised on Thursday, June 8, during the school’s eighth-grade graduation ceremony when her principal and family presented her with an oversized check.
During the graduation, Principal Doug Hower announced Chow was the recipient of one of six $5,000 National Heritage Academies (NHA) CollegeBound Scholarships (CBS) this year.
Brian Britton, chief executive officer of NHA, congratulated Chow as he handed her the scholarship.
“On behalf of National Heritage Academies I want to congratulate Emma Chow on winning one of the six scholarships,” said Tari Reinink, NHA chief marketing officer. “Emma’s essay, academics, and community involvement all speak to her outstanding character and dedication to furthering her education. I wish Emma all the best in both high school and college and look forward to seeing what she accomplishes next.”
Students from 83 schools in nine states applied for a one-time college scholarship from National Heritage Academies (NHA) CollegeBound Scholarship™ program. Out of hundreds of applicants, six were awarded the $5,000 scholarship to be used for their future college endeavors.
For the scholarship, each student had to submit an application and an essay based on one of four provided topics. Chow chose to write about the moral focus lessons she has learned at her school.
In her essay, she wrote, “My morals, many of which I have learned while at Greensboro Academy, have allowed me to help an incredible group of children. I have learned to treat everyone with respect, to be open-minded, and encouraging. Using these morals, I have been able to be a part of a project that is helping change the direction and course of children’s lives. By having the privilege of being able to help empower and serve an amazing group of children through horseback riding, I have also been empowered, enriched, and truly understand the value of service and helping other people. Community service allows us to apply our morals to help others which in turn empowers us all.”
Chow is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and volunteers at Horse Friends, a program for special needs children. She has also been an animal ambassador at the Greensboro Science Center and taught underprivileged children soccer through the Greensboro United Soccer program.
In addition, Chow has served more than 150 hours at the North Carolina Library Association as an ambassador and 40 hours as a tutor at her school helping elementary students.
All eighth-grade students who attend an NHA school are eligible for the scholarship. An independent professional selection group chose the winners based on their essay submission, academics, and community service.
Ninety-three 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.
The NHA CBS program is all about helping students and families prepare for what’s next. For more about CBS, please visit www.nhaschools.com/collegebound
National Heritage Academies is a charter school management company operating 83 schools in nine states for the 2016-17 school year. It is currently serving more than 57,000 students in grades kindergarten through eighth.