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GSMST senior surprised with $40K College Board Opportunity Scholarship on live television

     Karyn Huang, a senior at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (GSMST), is one of 25 students from across the country to earn a $40,000 College Board Opportunity Scholarship. During a live segment on Good Morning America on March 31, the College Board surprised Karyn, and the other 24 winners from across the country, with the news about the $40,000 scholarships for completing the college planning steps laid out in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program. Research shows that completing specific steps can help clarify the complex college planning process, especially for low-income and first-generation students.Screen view of seniors being surprised on live television

     IV Bray, the principal at GSMST, says he and his staff are proud of Karyn. “For four years, Karyn has been ‘all in’ during her GSMST experience,” Bray said. “She has worked very hard in her required STEM curriculum, she has embraced many of the unique opportunities GSMST provides, and she has found great support and success in areas we need more girl excellence, including our curricular pillar of Emerging Technologies and our growing emphasis on Cyber Security. Karyn is now an exemplar for all current and future GSMST students.”

     Karyn earned a chance for the $40,000 Complete Your Journey scholarship by completing the six college planning steps laid out in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program. The six simple steps include actions all students can take to get into college, such as building a college list, filling out a FAFSA form, and applying to schools that are the right fit. Completing each step earns a chance for a $500 scholarship; completing all six earns students a chance to win $40,000 for their college education. Research shows that completing these six steps can help clarify the complex college planning process, especially for low-income and first-generation students.

     More than 1 million students from all 50 states have joined the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program since it launched in December 2018. Students have won more than $10 million in scholarships. Since the program started, 308 Georgia students have been awarded $363,500 in scholarships–145 students in the class of 2020 won a total of $132,000, and 163 students in the class of 2021 have won a total of $231,500.

     In addition to the 25 $40,000 Complete Your Journey winners from the class of 2021, nearly 4,000 students from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands earned $3.6 million in smaller scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. In Gwinnett County Public Schools, 34 seniors in the class of 2021 have been awarded $72,500.

The Complete Your Journey Scholarship Program is now open to students from the Class of 2022. They can get started by going to cb.org/bigfuture and make a starter list of six colleges they are interested in. Students have until June 30 to complete this first step and earn a chance for a $500 scholarship. Students who complete this and all the remaining steps will be eligible for the next $40,000 Complete Your Journey scholarship, which will be awarded in spring 2022.

 

About College Board

 

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the 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. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools. For further information, visit collegeboard.org.