Forest Park, IL...
Five students at Proviso Math and Science Academy have been named QuestBridge Finalists by National College Match.
The recognition, announced in November, is part of a nationwide program designed to help high school seniors from low-income families gain admission to some of the most selective colleges in the United States. The program also helps the students earn full, four-year scholarships to pay for their education. The colleges that are partners in the QuestBridge program include Ivy League schools such as Columbia University, Yale University, and Princeton University as well as selective universities that are closer to home such as Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame, according to the program’s website.
Selected from Proviso Math and Science Academy as finalists this year are Lily Galloway, Priscilla Garibay, Maribell Heredia, Kassandra Rodriguez, and Brittany Winfield.
To be selected as finalists, the students had to be in the top five percent of their class, take a rigorous course load, write an essay, and secure a teacher recommendation. Finalists in the program also typically have an average SAT score of 1940 out of a possible 2400 and an average ACT score of 30 out of a possible 36.
The District 209 Board of Education recognized these students at the November 20 Board meeting. Principal Kim Echols said she was proud of the students.
"QuestBridge will provide a unique opportunity for these talented teens to attend some of our nation’s most elite universities on a full scholarship," she said. "Our students will be afforded with an opportunity to achieve excellence in education without accumulating financial debt along their educational journey. This will allow them to live the American Dream."