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Lansing Charter Academy Student Surprised With $5,000 College Scholarship

Ryleigh 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 best.

“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.

Ryleigh 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.”IMG_1598.JPG

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

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.

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