PMSA Students Reach $3 Million in College Scholarships with More to Come
January 27, 2012 09:30 AM
Forest Park, IL...The Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy has a 100 percent college acceptance rate. Academy students receive millions of dollars in scholarship offers each year, and this school year has been no exception. With only 166 students, the class of 2012 recently announced that they have collectively earned $3 million in scholarships thus far.
While the students are proud of their $3 million achievement, they say their main goal is to beat last year’s numbers.
"This is a great achievement," said PMSA senior, Brent Williams, of Maywood. He recently accepted a $40,000 Presidential Scholarship to Purdue University. "We are still working harder than ever to reach that goal of seven million."
PMSA senior, Holly Quirk, of Forest Park, has been offered nearly $200, 000 in scholarships. She agreed.
"It’s really cool that we have reached three million already," said Holly. "Every year it seems like we get more and more. We just hope to beat last year’s record."
PMSA counselors are encouraging each student in the class of 2012 to apply for more college funding. There is a scholarship board in the counseling center with application forms and scholarship information. The counselors also send out email blasts to notify students of prime scholarship opportunities.
"The class of 2012 has been extremely motivated when it comes to scholarships," said PMSA senior counselor, Ms. Jandak. "Their grades have earned them merit scholarships, and they have been looking in every avenue for outside resources."
Though the pressure is on to meet or beat last year’s scholarship number of $7 million, seniors say they are certainly up for the task.
"Our teachers have always said that the Class of 2012 is bright," said PMSA senior, Nicholas Tarleton, who has been offered over $700,000 in scholarships thus far. "We are involved in everything from clubs to introducing the school and promoting school spirit. I think we accomplished this big achievement by being a bright group of motivated students who are engaged in learning. I am confident that we can earn more scholarships. I cannot wait until we soar high to set a record."
Congratulations seniors and good luck!