Krise, an eighth grader at Lansing Charter Academy, was surprised today during
a morning assembly at her school when her principal announced she was the
recipient of one of six $5,000 National Heritage Academies CollegeBound
Scholarships this year.
Students from 84 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 applicant had to submit an
application and an essay based on one of four provided topics. Ryleigh reflected on the
school’s Moral Focus curriculum and encouragement for all students to do their
“If I can live a life
characterized by wisdom, respect, gratitude, courage, perseverance, compassion,
integrity, and self-control, I can truly say that I am on the path to a life
filled with success,” Ryleigh wrote.
Beginning in kindergarten, all NHA schools teach
a Moral Focus curriculum with an emphasis on the month virtues.
volunteers with Lansing’s Homeless Angels and her church. She is also a part of
Lansing Charter Academy’s National Junior Honor society.
“On behalf of National Heritage Academies I want
to congratulate Ryleigh Krise on winning one of the six scholarships,” said
Tari Reinink, NHA chief marketing officer. “Ryleigh’s essay, academics, and
community involvement all speak to her outstanding character and dedication to
furthering her education. I wish Ryleigh all the best in both high school and
college and look forward to seeing what she accomplishes next.”
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 84 schools in nine states for the 2016-17
school year. It is currently serving more than 56,000 students in grades
kindergarten through eighth.