LE ROY – Every year QuestBridge matches high performing, low income high school students with full scholarships to the top colleges in the country.
Out of a pool of 16,500 applicants, Emily Williams, a senior at Le Roy High School, was one of 1,674 recipients. She received a full scholarship to Amherst College, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, where she will study education.
“Before being introduced to QuestBridge I wasn’t even sure college was a practical goal for me, but now I feel like all of my hard work is finally paying off,” said Williams. I can’t wait to live the college experience without having to worry about the financial side.
Seniors who received the scholarship have a cumulative grade point average of 3.93 and 92%, and are in the top 10% of their class.
“Emily has worked incredibly hard to put herself in the driver’s seat and be selected for such a prestigious opportunity at one of the most selective schools in the country,” said Austin Dwyer, Le Roy Jr.-Sr. High school counselor. “She has shown our entire student body that if you take full advantage of every opportunity that presents itself, you can achieve great things. “Emily has excelled in a variety of our advanced placement courses while being a major contributor to our music program,” said Dwyer. “I really can’t think of anyone more deserving of being chosen for the QuestBridge National College Game Program than Emily. She made me and our entire school community proud.
Financially, 95 percent of beneficiaries come from households with an annual income of less than $ 65,000 and 87 percent are entitled to free or reduced school meals. The majority of new QuestBridge scholars – 81% – are the first generation in their families to attend four-year college in the United States.
“We are more than proud that Emily has been awarded this incredible full scholarship to prestigious Amherst College,” said Le Roy Jr.-Sr. High school principal Tim McArdle. “Emily’s commitment to academic excellence, coupled with a passion and immense talent for music and art, has put her against the best students in the country. Proof of her success can be found throughout our school, from excellence in her AP classes to performing in our marching band and musical pit.
“His first-rate character and work ethic go hand in hand with his compassion for others and his kind heart,” he continued. “We are very excited for her and her family – this opportunity is truly life changing, and we look forward to seeing her soar in the next chapter of her life. I would like to thank QuestBridge for its commitment to university students through the country. “