Two UCS seniors nationally recognized for commitment to college application process
Two UCS seniors nationally recognized for commitment to college application process
Posted on 12/30/2020
Studio photos of AP winnersTwo Utica Community Schools seniors have been nationally honored for their commitment to the college application process.

Karen Dela Cruz and Maryan Yousef, of Stevenson High School, have earned a combine $3,000 in scholarships from the College Board, a national non-profit.

“Preparing students for successfully pursuing their post-secondary dreams is an important part of our district’s mission,” Interim Superintendent Robert Monroe said. “Karen and Maryan’s national recognition reflects their commitment to the future and the guidance and support they received from their school community.”

Dela Cruz earned a $1000 College Board Opportunity Scholarship from the College Board for practicing for the SAT on Khan Academy. Yousef earned a $2000 College Board Opportunity Scholarship for improving her SAT score by over 100 points.

Yousef plans to study predental at the University of Detroit Mercy.  Dela Cruz is studying political science and economics at either Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University or the University of Detroit Mercy. 

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships identify six simple steps that all students can take to plan, prepare and pay for college. For each step in the program that a student completes, students earn a chance at a scholarship. When a student completes all six, they can earn the chance at $40,000 for their college education.

According to the College Board: “The program rewards students’ actions on their way to college. The more actions students take, the more opportunities they have to earn a scholarship.”

College Board is a non-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Each year, College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement® Program.