Thirteen Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) high school seniors have been awarded Broad Prize college scholarships worth a total of $250,000. The scholarships, given by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, recognize graduating seniors with financial need whose grades have improved substantially over the course of their high school career.
The students were eligible for the scholarships because of MCPS’ status as a 2010 finalist for the Broad Prize, the nation's largest education award honoring large urban districts. School district winners and finalists have demonstrated the highest levels of overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among income and ethnic groups.
“I am very proud of these talented, hard-working students,” said Dr. Jerry D. Weast, superintendent of schools. “Their achievement demonstrates the importance of setting high standards for all students and providing each student with the support needed to succeed in college and in life.”
In a press release, Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundation, said, "We congratulate these students for their academic success but more importantly for improving their performance during high school. Their achievement is also a testament to the support and dedication from their parents, teachers, administrators and the entire Montgomery County community. We look forward to their continued success in college and beyond."
The following 13 Montgomery County seniors were selected to receive Broad Prize scholarships:
Student Name High School
Nana Twum Agyire Bethesda-Chevy Chase
Perfect E. Torkornoo Clarksburg
Susana Chiang Colonel Zadok Magruder
Stephanie Abaga Gaithersburg
Nasra Missana Gaithersburg
Brittany A. Hamson James Hubert Blake
Rosa Vicente John F. Kennedy
Talmo D. Pereira Quince Orchard
Bereket Mamo Seneca Valley
Amelia J. Bell-Andrew Sherwood
Charlotte M. Jackson Walter Johnson
Jeremiah D. Kober Watkins Mill
Erma Quimat Wheaton
The Broad Prize was established in 2002 by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, which seeks to advance public good in education, science and the arts. To learn more about the Broad Prize, visit www.broadprize.org.