REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Redmond Proficiency Academy freshman Niysa Heilman-Gast will attend Boston University on a full scholarship next year as part of QuestBridge National College Match, a program that connects high school seniors with high-achieving low-level seniors. Income backgrounds with full four-year scholarships for top colleges.
Hellmann-Gast, the first in her family to attend college, after spending her entire life on the West Coast, said she’s excited to attend East Coast School and explore all that the area has to offer.
“I am so excited to attend Boston University,” she said. “I can’t wait to be in a new environment and have new experiences. I am so grateful to be going to a school full of students and staff who are passionate about learning.”
Heilman-Gast was selected for admission through QuestBridge’s highly selective application process. Students first apply to be finalists with QuestBridge and then go through an admission matching process with partner colleges. This year only 1,674 finalists were selected as scholarship recipients. She will be one of 30 matching researchers admitted to Boston University this year.
“Knowing Niysa makes you appreciate that with enough grit and the right motivation, anything is possible,” said Bailey Kilback, a math teacher and advisor to the RPA National Honor Society. “Throughout her tenure at RPA, she has demonstrated a sincere desire to reach her full potential and not be content with anything less than her best self.”
Heilman-Gast credits her RPA experience with contributing to her success. “Without Mr. Calbraith (the RPA High School Counselor), I wouldn’t even have known about the QuestBridge opportunity and he has helped me so much throughout my career in my application,” she said. “I also don’t think I would be the student that I am today without going to RPA. Allowing me to study things I wanted gave me a passion to do well in my education.”
About Redmond Itqan Academy
Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) is an independent public school located in Redmond, Oregon. Now in its 13th year, the RPA serves more than 900 students in sixth through 12th grades throughout central Oregon. Through an innovative, personalized, competency-based university model, RPA provides dynamic pathways to success for all students.