June 2014, Volume 18, Number 2


Coveted National Awards Bestowed on MDC Grads

Graphic of winners on podiums

The accolades for students at the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) at MDC continue to roll in, with 11 students across four MDC campuses tallying up awards in hotly contested nationwide scholarship contests.

National Merit Scholars, National Achievement Scholars and National Hispanic Recognition Scholars are an elite group of superior academic performers. Selected from the very top scorers on the PSAT, potential scholars are then further vetted for excellence in reviews of their grades and extracurricular activities.

Catching Recruiters’ Eyes

“These awards are highly sought after, not just because there is scholarship money attached to many of the awards, but also because the top universities want to attract these students,” explained SAS Enrollment Coordinator Dennis Lindsay. “The Ivy League schools, Duke, MIT and others are looking for these types of students. You might have applied to Yale, and once they find out you’re a National Merit Scholar, they admit you. It makes sense; you belong at a top school like that.”

SAS at MDC has a unique program that produces outstanding scholars while simultaneously providing graduates a competitive advantage in collegiate achievement. Along with a high school diploma, nearly 95 percent of SAS graduates received an associate degree from Miami Dade College this spring. In addition, SAS students can take highly challenging advanced placement courses and garner further college credits.

Skill-Building Coursework

“SAS has various initiatives in place that enhance students’ critical thinking, writing and mathematics skills,” said SAS Principal Dr. Omar Monteagudo.

“The fruits of this labor are reflected in the ever-increasing number of students who have attained these prestigious awards.”

National Achievement Scholarships are awarded to outstanding African-American students across the country who have exceptional PSAT scores and outstanding academic records. This year four SAS students have achieved Scholar status.

National Hispanic Recognition Scholars are top performers of Hispanic/Latino descent with both high GPA’s and PSAT scores. Only two percent of eligible students garner the recognition, with five SAS students among them this year.

About 1.5 million high school students are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program. Students with the highest PSAT scores in their state are then further evaluated, with only a small percent making the final cut. This year, two high achievers at SAS received the honor.

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