Jenks, Oklahoma – Three Jenks High School seniors have been awarded full four-year scholarships to prestigious universities.
Viranda Kwok, Caleb Mangesho and Langh Guite have been recognized as Match scholarship recipients through a national nonprofit organization called QuestBridge.
QuestBridge connects some of the most exceptional and low-income students with leading institutions of higher education. Over 6000 finalists have been selected from among approximately 16,500 applicants for consideration for the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship.
The scholarships will cover the full cost of tuition fees, room and board, books, supplies, and travel expenses.
Selected students have a GPA of 3.93, 92% are in the top 10% of their graduating class, 95% come from a household with an annual income of less than $65,000 and 87% are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. The majority of 2021 QuestBridge Scholars are the first generation in their family to attend a four-year college in the United States.
After a lengthy process of applications and essays, JHS students are among the 1,674 students from across the country who have been named matching scholarship recipients.
All three scholarship recipients are first-generation Americans.
Mangesho was accepted into Yale University, describing it as a moment he will remember for the rest of his life, “I can’t believe this wonderful gift I have received.”
“Being from a low-income family, it has always been a goal to do well in school and get a scholarship, but going to Yale is something I would never have dreamed of. Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime,” he said. He plans to study English and pre-law.
Kwok would go to Vanderbilt University and think about civil or mechanical engineering, “I was wondering how I would pay for college, but now I can go without any worries or any debts.”
“I can go out there and fully explore my interests. I am so happy to have undergone the QuestBridge process, and I can’t even express how amazing this opportunity was,” Kwok said.
Guite, whose parents fled Burma when Guite was three and lived in Malaysia before making their way to Tulsa, on his way to Colgate University.
“My family is really proud,” Gates said. “I wasn’t sure college was possible for me because I knew it would be a financial burden for my parents. I’m very happy to be able to live this burden on their shoulders. I haven’t traveled much outside of Oklahoma, so I’m excited to try a new place with new people, And I am very grateful to QuestBridge for making this happen.”
Guite says his dream job is to be a diplomat, and is considering a major in international relations with a minor in business when he arrives in Coalgate.
“Not only are these students wonderful, but they are also kind and hard working,” said college counselor at Jenks High School Paula Dennis. “They all supported each other during this process, and it really brings tears to my eyes to see them being rewarded with these scholarships. Each one of them deserves this opportunity and I know they will make the most of it.”
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