Houston-area student surprised with $100,000 scholarship

The smart young lady has an after-school job to help her mum pay her bills, but she still managed to earn a 4.0 GPA.

HOUSTON — A senior in Westchester Academy for International Studies started his week with an incredible surprise.

Madison Lybarger learned she received a $100,000 college scholarship during one of her morning classes.

She was chosen by the APQC ((American Productivity & Quality Center) because of what she has accomplished and overcome.

“It was very overwhelming,” Madison said. “I think it’s exciting and very useful for my family. I am grateful.”

The 18-year-old has a full plate. She is a competitive gymnast and works as a coach after school. She got a 4.0 GPA, even though she is dyslexic.

She has already committed to attend the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

“She’ll feel like she’s handling a lot of things on her own. She likes to be independent and responsible and take care of herself and others,” said Virginia Leiker, her grandmother. “If his grandfather was here, he would be extremely proud.”

Madison was raised by a single mother and her grandparents. Leiker says this scholarship will get her off to a good start after graduation.

“Whenever a student can come in with a bank of money, they don’t have to take out a loan or start their career in debt, it’s a huge help for the family and the student. it’s amazing,” said Valerie Hernandez, principal of Westchester Academy.

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