Tai’Lon Jackson, a high school student at Ballou Senior High School, was completely shocked when his name was called by the President of George Washington University, Steven Knapp, during an assembly he thought he was apart to play with the band. Instead he was awarded with a four-year scholarship to the university. Eight other DC students were awarded with GW-Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarships. The program began in 1989 and the university has committed more than $18 million to it since its inception, providing 149 academically talented DC high school seniors with full, four-year scholarships.
The recipients are chosen based on a number of factors including GPA, SAT scores, course of study, teacher recommendations, leadership qualities, community service and other extracurricular activities and achievements. The scholarship is open to DC residents graduating from an accredited DC high school and is renewed annually if the recipient meets the university’s academic progress standards.
What a great way to be rewarded for a job well done. Hard work does pay off. Congratulations to all of the recipients!
via FOX News DC