Cristo Rey is proud to announce that senior Yaritza A. will attend Bowdoin College in the fall on a QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship.
QuestBridge National College Match connects high-achieving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds with full four-year scholarships to the nation’s top colleges. Yaritza is one of 1,464 recipients this year, out of more than 18,500 applicants to the program.
Match Scholarship Recipients are admitted early to QuestBridge college partners with full four-year scholarships that are provided by the colleges and universities, ensuring for these students and their families that an education at a top college can be affordable. The Match Scholarship is offered as part of a generous financial aid package provided by the college that covers the full cost of attendance, including tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and travel expenses.
“During a challenging year that has pushed counselors and students to creatively approach the college application process, Yaritza stands out for her confidence and diligence in applying to 16 colleges,” said Reina Garcia, Director of College Counseling. “Yaritza owned her process from our first meeting, during which she listed Bowdoin as her top choice school, to the moment she shared the exciting news that she had matched with Bowdoin for QuestBridge’s National College Match scholarship. Bowdoin is lucky to be welcoming such a brave, innovative, and talented young woman. Yaritza is going to take the world by storm and I can’t wait."
And Yaritza is ready to set the world on fire. She reflects: "QuestBridge introduced me to the possibility of being able to go to a great college without having to worry about the financial stress it might put on my parents and me. Essentially, it opened my eyes to how big this world could be for me. I had only ever imagined being able to leave home for college, and now that it has become a reality, all I could ever be is grateful."