Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior, Evan Harper, of Bellwood has earned the title for which nearly every high school senior across the country strives. She was just named one of the top scholarship earners for her entire senior class. When we asked Evan about her recipe for success—she was sure to give us the answer. Evan has a 3.5 G.P.A. She scored a 24 on her ACT exam. She has nearly 200 community service hours. She is a member of 2011, Youth Encouraging Success and Proviso United. She plays softball and basketball at Proviso West, and she has parents who stayed in her corner and pushed for her success.
“My mom and dad always told me to keep my grades up,” said Evan. “This verifies what my parents were always saying. They say if you work hard and stay focused you’ll be able to write your own ticket.”
PMSA seniors have been offered over $2 million in scholarships so far this year, but Evan alone has been offered over $300,000. William Jewell College, Luther College, Howard University, St. John’s University, Marquette University, The University of Illinois, and Concordia University have all offered Evan thousands of dollars per year to enroll. For Evan’s parents, her college choices and scholarship offers have been overwhelming, but not too surprising.
“Since Evan was a little girl, I always told her that she could be whatever she wanted to become,” said Evan’s mom, Ms. Harper. “Her father and I taught her to do the groundwork, and I am so glad to see that her hard work is paying off. As a parent, you just want your child to do well and put their best foot forward. It is great when you see them reap the benefits of that. We couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Evan hasn’t made her college choice just yet. She says she will definitely become a doctor, majoring in psychology and biology. She also wants to have a positive impact wherever she goes.
“I want to be the kind of person that someone else looks up to,” said Evan. “I really just want to have a positive impact.”
Congratulations Evan Harper! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.