Friday, October 26, 2012

Eighth grader earns college scholarship

For middle school student Cristopher Alvarado, paying for college isn't a burden - it's already taken care of.

The Collinswood Language Academy eighth-grader was selected as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was established in 2000 through the will of businessman and philanthropist Jack Kent Cooke.

The foundation supports individuals of exceptional promise – those who work hard, stay focused and defy the stereotype that poverty precludes high achievement, according to its website.

Cristopher is one of 52 students selected from hundreds of applicants across the country. The Young Scholar program selects students in grades 8-12, with exceptional academic talent, leadership and character.

The scholars receive immediate support from an educational advisor and financial support for their individualized learning plan.