Home-schooled student makes the grade: Charleston teen earns scholarship to University of Chicago, 17 January 2008, Journal Gazette and Times-Courier, Charleston, Illinois
Borah’s academic work has paid off in another way, too, as he recently learned that he’ll receive a full-ride scholarship to the University of Chicago, which he got by applying through an organization that matches students with scholarships.
According to an announcement from the organization, QuestBridge of Palo Alto, Calif., Borah was one of about 200 students who were matched scholarships out of “thousands” of applicants across the country. The announcement said QuestBridge, a non-profit organization, screens students and forwards applications to 20 colleges with which it partners, and the schools make the final decisions and provide the scholarships.
His mother, Jena Borah, home schools her three children with help from her husband Bernard. Their daughter Meg is also high school age, and daughter Melissa is middle school age.
The University of Chicago was Borah’s first choice for college, and he said he’ll probably study either philosophy or psychology when he starts in the fall. The scholarship comes to more than $200,000 for his four years in college, and he said he couldn’t have attended the university without financial aid.
Congratulations to Peter, and to his mother for her forbearance for a couple of the comments at the newspaper’s site.
- On the subject of home schooling, I gave my wife permission in the early 1990′s to home school …
- … that statement by Mrs. Borah was not what I was referring to or quoting from the article. What I was referring to, though, “she thinks home schooling her children gives them the best chance to succeed.” I take that comment as a smack in the face to my choice of education for my children.
Luckily, other commenters had appropriate replies.
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