Greensboro Charter Student Surprised With One of Five $5,000 NHA College Scholarships
Greensboro, N.C., May 20, 2016 — Breanna Stump, an eighth grader atGreensboro Academyl, was surprised Tuesday morning during an assembly at her school when her principal announced she was the recipient of one of five $5,000 National Heritage Academies CollegeBound Scholarships this year.
Students from 81 schools in nine states applied for a one-time college scholarship from National Heritage Academies (NHA) CollegeBound Scholarship™ program. Out of about 200 applicants, five were awarded the $5,000 scholarship to be used for their future college endeavors.
For the scholarship, each applicant had to submit an application and an essay based on a moral focus
Breanna wrote her essay about a homeless ministry she helps serve within her city.
“Many did not have people in their lives that cared for them, except the group of people they ate with, socialized with, and worshiped with that night. What I found sad was that many of them had been
living on the streets for many years. Once everyone had their food, I had an opportunity to talk to
those who came to eat and hear their stories about how they have
struggled in life.
“That experience was just the beginning of the work that I now do all year long to make a difference in the lives of others who need help.”
Beginning in kindergarten, all NHA schools teach curriculum with a moral focus.
Breanna has served as a Girl Scout for five years, works eight hours per week, volunteered with the Special Olympics, Shriner’s Hospital, the Greensboro Urban Ministry and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Breanna won first place in the science fair and has been on the honor roll for eight years.
She has played soccer for six years with the Greensboro United Soccer team and ran on the school’s cross country team.
“On behalf of National Heritage Academies it is an honor to award one of our five scholarships to Sofia Peppard,” said Tari Reinink, NHA chief marketing officer. “Through her essay writing, community service, scholastic honors, and high praise from those around her, Breanna’s passion for furthering her education is apparent. I have no doubt Breanna will accomplish remarkable things in high school, college, and life.”
All eighth-grade students who attend an NHA school are eligible for the scholarship. Students interested are required to write a 250-500 word essay about their school’s Moral Focus curriculum. They were given three topics to choose from. An independent professional selection group chose the winners based on their essay submission, academics, and community service.
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.
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 81 schools in nine states for the 2013-2014 school year. It is currently serving more than 56,000 students in grades kindergarten through eighth.