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Roosevelt High School Seniors In DC Receive Full Scholarships to GWU

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Going to college just got a lot less expensive for eight high school seniors in the District.Today when they found out that they are getting full scholarships to George Washington University.

Briana Whitfield couldn't have asked for a better surprise this morning. The senior at Roosevelt High School is getting a full scholarship to George Washington University through the Stephen Trachtenberg Scholarship Program.

It's an opportunity that was years in the making. She says, "Since I was in middle school, I've been working on my grades, my extracurriculars, my volunteer hours, so it's something I've been planning for." 

Whitfield couldn't have asked for a better surprise this morning. The senior at Roosevelt High School is getting a full scholarship to George Washington University through the Stephen Trachtenberg Scholarship Program.

It's an opportunity that was years in the making. She says, "Since I was in middle school, I've been working on my grades, my extracurriculars, my volunteer hours, so it's something I've been planning for." 

The scholarship is comprehensive. It includes tuition, room and board, books, and fees for 4 years of their education. That's about $200,000 at GW.

University President Steven Knapp says that this program is a sound investment in the campus's home city. "It's really a symbol of our commitment to the District of Columbia, our great capital city, that we're so much a part of. We see ourselves as in and of our nation's capital, so this is kind of an expression of that," says President Knapp. The 8 students who received the awards today joined 140 recipients over the past 25 years. They've gone on to careers such as law, medicine, and engineering.

Leslie Ogu, a senior at McKinley High, says the money is a huge weight off his shoulders, but it's also an inspiration to his classmates. 

"I said (to myself), if I can get this scholarship, then I'm proving to myself that I should go to college and I should be pursuing my education, and it would be motivation to other people," Leslie says.

Past recipients came out today to offer well-wishes and sound advice for the winners. They say the scholarship is so much more than a free ride for higher education.

Hope Ajayi, a 2011 Recipient, says, "I would just tell them to seize the opportunity and seize the day. This is a great opportunity for them. I'm so grateful every day that I don't have to pay for college."

Samantha Brew, a 2012 Recipient, adds, "Remember what this opportunity means for you, because you did work hard to get it, so you know you're qualified and you have the skills to be able to succeed."

 

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