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Keystone Scholar Selected as CollegeBound™ Scholarship Recipient

One Keystone Academy scholar 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, Benjamin Rodriguez received the award through the NHA CollegeBound™ Scholarship program.
“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.”
 Benjamin Rodriguez holding scholarship.
Benjamin Rodriguez, a 2023 CollegeBound™ Scholarship winner

In his scholarship essay, Benjamin wrote about dealing with a diagnosis he received in first grade. He shared how Moral Focus virtues help him overcome any challenges he has encountered.
Taking deep breaths and thinking more positive thoughts are just two of many things he does to help him stay focused on his academic goals. This helped him complete each section of the PSAT test through perseverance.
“There are days when I still feel overwhelmed, can’t get myself on track, or think that I am not able to do something. However, these Moral Focus virtues don’t just help me gain a sense of control over my life but actually change it for the better.”
 Benjamin Rodriguez speaking in front of others.
Benjamin Rodriguez, a 2023 CollegeBound™ Scholarship winner

His teachers at Keystone Academy said he has an insatiable appetite for learning and an earnestness that makes him a pleasure to have in the classroom. His gratitude is what sets him apart, and he signs off of quick discussions with a “Thank You” every time, they added. Benjamin’s teachers are confident he will make the most of the opportunity.
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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About Keystone Academy
Keystone Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Belleville, Michigan, serving students in Young 5s through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes more than 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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