By Joanna Hernandez, Richmond High School
Esmeralda Echavarria, a Richmond High School sophomore, has been offered the opportunity to travel to Brown University in Rhode Island for a scholarship this summer for having straight A’s.
The Ivy League Project offers scholarships to attend an Ivy League school throughout the summer. It will be paying for her flight, food, and the room she’ll be staying in.
The Ivy League Project (ILP) was founded by Martín Mares in 1992 to encourage economically disadvantaged students to apply to the most prestigious universities in America.
The program selects the most talented and promising 10th and 11th grade students and takes them to visit the top universities on the east coast.
Echavarria’s opportunity came in January when she was selected to sign up for a scholarship in the university. She was lucky to be chosen from 1,500 students in Richmond High School along with two other students.
“I was so nervous,” said Echavarria. “I didn’t think they were going to choose me.”
Echavarria added, “I was shocked yet so full of joy.”
In July, she will be going to Rhode Island for three weeks to experience the university.
Echavarria hopes to matriculate at Brown University and encourage other people to take great opportunities.
“I hope I get to expand my knowledge and socialize with a lot of people. I want to encourage people to try out something new, like a scholarship or a job. Something they believe they think they can’t achieve,” she added.
Having straight A’s was a huge advantage for her to get picked. Echavarria said she worked hard all the time for all she remembers.
Echavarria is doing big things at the age of 16 and wants to do even bigger things in the future. Her current GPA is a 4.0 and its been like that since middle school.
This article is reprinted from Richmond Standard.