Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is producing the next generation of doctors, engineers, scientists, and research scholars. Three of them are the top scholarship earners for the class of 2011.
With the help of their parents, teachers, and counselors, PMSA seniors Charles Murray, Evan Harper, and Ashley Martinez have collectively earned over one million dollars in college funding.
“These students worked hard over the years to excel in academics and extracurricular activities,” said PMSA counselor, Ms. Paulus. “They applied to many different schools and received some great offers. Their hard work, strong moral character, and excellent recommendations from their teachers have allowed their college dreams to become more attainable.”
The students say good grades, extracurricular activities, and high test scores played major roles, but when asked about their biggest motivation, it all boiled down to parental involvement.
Charles Murray of Berkley was the top earner at over $675,000. He maintains a 4.0 G.P.A. He scored a 26 on his ACT exam and is deciding between 25 different college offers. Charles said he is leaving PMSA with a sense of pride and accomplishment. He will go on to become an accountant or a biological/chemical engineer.
“I feel proud and accomplished because hard work pays off,” said Charles. “I was really motivated by my mom and wanting to be like her. She helped me all the way from elementary school. I wanted to help myself. I just kept pushing myself.”
Evan Harper of Bellwood ranks second highest in scholarship earnings for the class of 2011 with over $304,000. She holds a 3.6 G.P.A. and scored a 26 on her ACT exam. She will attend Howard University to study psychology and then ultimately head off to medical school.
“It’s a really great achievement,” she said. “It’s humbling because a lot of people don’t have the opportunities that we have. For me, I have to say that it starts with parents. It starts by being motivated by them. They instill it [motivation and values] in you, and then you just go with it.”
Ashley Rodriquez of Bellwood rounds off the list at over $232,000. She has a 3.6 G.P.A. and scored a 26 on her ACT exam. Ashley will attend Elmhurst College to study psychology.
“This really makes my family proud,” she said. “I thought I would have to go to a community college to make my education affordable. Now, with the money coming in, I can go to any college and pay less. I’m just glad to make my parents proud. Motivation from my family, being a first generation college student, and trying to be a good role model for my sisters was big for me. Now I’m going on to bigger things.”
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will bid the seniors good luck and farewell at their graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 28th 10:00 a.m. at Dominican University (7900 W. Division Street River Forest, IL).
Congratulations, seniors! Good Luck!