JENKS, Okla. – Three high school students from Jenks High School were awarded full four-year scholarships to prestigious universities.
Viranda Kwok, Caleb Mangesho, and Langh Guite have been recognized as Match Scholarship recipients through a national non-profit organization called QuestBridge.
QuestBridge connects some of the most exceptional low-income students with leading higher education institutions. Over 6,000 finalists have been selected out of approximately 16,500 applicants to be considered for the QuestBridge National Scholarship.
The scholarships will cover the full cost of tuition, accommodation and meals, books, supplies and travel expenses.
The selected students have an average GPA of 3.93, 92% are in the top 10% of their class, 95% come from a household with an annual income of less than $ 65,000 and 87% are entitled to school meals free or at a reduced price. The majority of QuestBridge 2021 Fellows are the first generation in their families to attend four-year college in the United States.
After a lengthy application and testing process, JHS students are among the 1,674 students from across the country who have been named scholarship recipients.
All three fellows are first generation Americans.
Mangesho was accepted to Yale University, calling it a moment he will remember his entire life: “I can’t believe this incredible gift I received.”
“Coming from a low income family, it has always been a goal to do well in school and earn a scholarship, but going to Yale is something I never could have dreamed of. Opportunities like this are once in a lifetime, ”he said. He plans to study English and pre-law.
Kwok will go to Vanderbilt University and is considering civil or mechanical engineering, “I was wondering how I was going to pay for college, but now I can go without any worries or debt.”
“I can just go there and fully explore my interests. I’m so glad I went through the QuestBridge process, and I can’t even express how amazing it is to have this opportunity, ”said Kwok.
Guite, whose parents fled Burma when Guite was three and lived in Malaysia before coming to Tulsa, is on his way to Coalgate University.
“My family is really proud,” Guite said. “I wasn’t sure college was a possibility for me because I knew it would be a financial burden on my parents. I am so happy that I can take this burden off their shoulders. I haven’t traveled much outside of Oklahoma, so I’m excited to discover a new place with new people, and I’m so grateful to QuestBridge for making this possible.
Guite says his dream job is to be a diplomat, considering majoring in international relations with a minor in business when he arrives at Coalgate.
“Not only are these students brilliant, but they’re also kind and hardworking,” said Paula Dennis, college counselor at Jenks High School. “They have all supported each other throughout this process, and it really brings me tears to see them being awarded these scholarships. Each of them so deserves this opportunity and I know they will make the most of it.
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