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Vanguard Scholar Selected as CollegeBound™ Scholarship Recipient

One Vanguard Charter 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, Selena Nguyen 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.”
 Selena Nguyen holding her scholarship.
Selena Nguyen – 2023 CollegeBound™ Scholarship winner

Selena shared how learning Moral Focus virtues at Vanguard Charter Academy will help her in the future and with the evolving relationship between people and technology.
In her essay, Selena described some of the technologies she learned about in school such as Cas-9/CRISPR, which is a gene-editing technology. She talked about how using self-control, wisdom, and courage will be important in using these technologies in the future. Selena also shared learning these Moral Focus virtues have added to her life.
“For me, perseverance has added quality to my life. Tweaking projects helps me have courage, and the results encourage me to keep going,” she said.
 Selena Nguyen accepting her scholarship.
Selena Nguyen – 2023 CollegeBound™ Scholarship winner

Selena’s teachers said she works hard to achieve, embodying the spirit of learning. She consistently goes above and beyond, setting an outstanding example for her peers, they said, adding they are confident Selena will find success in future endeavors.
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 National Heritage Academies:
National Heritage Academies (NHA) is a network of 100 tuition-free, public charter schools across nine states, serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, visit

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