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SAS Kendall Junior is a Hammie

Ricardo Castro

Miami, April 10, 2017 - SAS Kendall Campus junior Ricardo Castro has been selected as a "Hammie" Hamilton Scholar and will be flown up to DC this summer for a weeklong leadership program. Richard is one of our finest academic students at SAS and is working hard on a special service project that may lead to a Silver Knight nomination when he is a senior next school year.

Below are some details about the Hamilton Scholar Program which several SAS students have participated in over the years.

What does it mean now that I have won the Hamilton Award? Congratulations! You are now officially a Hamilton Scholar and have been awarded entry into our 5-year leadership program! Winners will also receive: a $500 scholarship to pay for college application and testing fees (money will be distributed to Scholars during New York Leader Week), a certificate, an autographed copy of William Chrystal's Hamilton by the Slice, and a proclamation signed by Arthur Hollingsworth, the fifth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton. Bio-sketches of winners appear on the Hamilton Scholars’ website, and news releases are sent to city, state, and federal elected officials, as well as local media outlets. In addition, all winners will have access to AHS internship programs and will join a distinguished cohort of peers from across the US. This unique Scholar community extends back through 11 years of cohorts, and supports one another as they take steps together towards achieving a college education and a meaningful career. With the help of the network of support and opportunities we provide, we are confident that you will become leaders who change your own communities, our nation, and our world through your service, innovation, and excellence.

What does the five-year program consist of?

  • YR 1: High School Senior, College Readiness, New York Leader Week
  • YR 2: College Freshman, College Transition, Seattle Leader Week
  • YR 3: College Sophomore, Leadership & Service, International Leader Week
  • YR 4: College Junior, Career Readiness, Texas Leader Weekend*
  • YR 5: College Senior, Career Transition

*Scholars have the opportunity to attend Texas Leader Weekend during Career Readiness OR Career Transition

Provided at no cost to the student, the program consists of individual support through phone calls and emails with AHS staff members and an assigned peer Scholar mentor. Group support and learning is offered through conference calls, and each year of the program also includes a leadership conference hosted in various cities, including an international service project during the Leadership & Service curriculum. All curriculum is designed around our 5 Curriculum Pillars:

  • TRANSITION: Focus on key periods that research has identified as being particularly challenging for underserved youth: high school to college; college to career
  • HERITAGE: Instill the idea that understanding the history of the United States is vital to claiming personal, political, and social power
  • FINANCIAL LITERACY: Provide understanding of the financial aid process, budgeting tools and awareness, debt-management skills, and informed investing
  • EMPOWERMENT: Convey the knowledge and confidence to excel and thrive as Scholars pursue their ambitious goals
  • LEADERSHIP: Impart Alexander Hamilton's legacy of principled character and commitment to public service in the face of adversity as the basis of true leadership
  • Are all Leader Weeks really provided at no cost to participating Scholars? Yes. AHS covers the cost of all expenses associated with Leader Weeks, including airfare, ground transportation, housing, food, and excursions. The only expenses that Scholars are responsible for are baggage fees (these vary by airline) and souvenir or spending money.

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