QuestBridge National College Match is a national program that connects high-achieving, low-income high school seniors with full scholarships to the nation’s top colleges. After receiving a record high of 16,248 applicants, QuestBridge selected 6,507 Finalists who were considered for the College Match Scholarship. Of these Finalists, 1,044 exceptional students hailing from 47 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have been selected as this year’s College Match Scholarship Recipients. This represents 16% of our Finalists – our highest rate of matching of all time. Senior Jose Hernandez is one of these recipients.
Academically, Jose currently has an impressive 4.69 GPA. Jose is also a two-sport athlete in soccer and track, qualifying to State in the 4 x 200 in track. Jose has worked 15 hours a week on the weekend since the age of 15. He is involved in numerous activities in school and was crowned the 2018 Homecoming King.
According to counselor Sue Szala, Jose’s drive, ambition, and leadership stands out among his peers. Every year two students are nominated to represent our high school at the Hugh O’Brian youth leadership conference. Jose was nearly unanimously selected to be one of these representatives. Attending HOBY impacted Jose to a great extent. He came back junior year more motivated than ever, joining more school activities and taking on greater leadership roles. Jose is president of student helpers and National Honor Society. He took the initiative to manage the production of the student video that was shown to 8th graders visiting for Shadow Day. He is currently creating positive messages throughout the school building that encourage students to succeed, go to college, and to be kind to each other. He helps students by providing service learning opportunities that students can participate in collaboratively.
Congratulations, Jose! The entire Spartan community celebrates this well-deserved honor. Good luck at the Big Green!