Several local seniors graduating from Gwinnett County Public Schools have been awarded scholarships to help pay for college.

Three local graduating seniors will have their college studies paid in full after being named QuestBridge National College Match scholarship recipients. QuestBridge is a nonprofit organization that connects high-achieving, low-income high school seniors with full scholarships to the nation’s top colleges. QuestBridge College Match Scholarship recipients are admitted early to college partners with guaranteed, full four-year scholarships. Joy Choi of Lanier High School plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis. Jalen Harris, also of Lanier, will attend Emory University. North Gwinnett High School student Bita Jalalian has been accepted to Princeton University.

Three local students have been awarded the 2021 Beauty P. Baldwin Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. The recipients are Kashanti Chinyah Jones of Lanier High School and Kayla Simone Slack and Jasmine Danielle Weathersby-Alexander, both of North Gwinnett High School. The scholarship is co-sponsored by Upsilon Alpha Omega, the Gwinnett Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the GCPS Foundation and is awarded to African American high school seniors to further their educational opportunities.

North Gwinnett High School student Hailey Brynn Wiggins is a recipient of the 2021 Teaching as a Profession Scholarship for $1,000. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the GCPS Foundation and Georgia United Credit Union and is awarded to seniors enrolled in the early childhood education and teaching as a profession programs who are planning to pursue education degrees in college.

Abigail “Abby” Rachel Boone of North Gwinnett High School is a recipient of the 2021 Jim Maran Scholarship for STEM Studies in the amount of $1,000. This scholarship is sponsored by the GCPS Foundation. Established in 2013 and named in honor of the longtime Gwinnett Chamber president, this award is for a senior who plans to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. 

Several school-specific awards have been presented to local students.

Two Lanier High Schools seniors are the recipients of the 2021 Brenden Elbaz Scholarship for 500 to $1,000. Sponsored by the Brenden Elbaz family, the scholarship is a one-time award in Brenden’s memory that goes to a Lanier High School graduating senior. The recipients of this scholarship are Brianna Rose Medford and Heather Michelle Hefner.

The 2021 Brothers Making Moves LLC Scholarship for $1,000, presented to a Lanier High School student, is a one-time award to Lanier seniors who are first in their family to attend college. Heather Michelle Hefner and Esther Anjolaoluwa Gbadebo have received this award.

The 2021 LEF “Make a Difference” Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is sponsored by the Lanier Education Foundation and has been presented to two Lanier High School seniors, Megan Taylor McGrath and Natasha Christiana Setiadi.

Congratulations to these graduating seniors, and best of luck in your college endeavors.

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