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Class of 2020 receives $39 million in college scholarships

By Tianyu Chen ’21, China

More than 75 students in the UWC-USA Class of 2020 have received a total of $39 million in college scholarships, according to Marie Assir, director of college counseling.

The class’s 114 graduates completed a total of 1,130 college applications. To break it down, students submitted 940 applications for schools in the United States, 85 for schools in Europe, 75 in the United Kingdom, and 30 in Canada.

Some 400 offers were made, Marie said. Sixty-six percent of students will go to colleges in the United States, including MIT, Brown, Stanford, Georgetown, University of Pennsylvania, University of Oklahoma, and Wellesley. Another 8 percent will attend schools in Europe, 5 percent in the United Kingdom, and 3 percent in Canada.

Sixteen percent of the students are taking a gap year.

Sixteen percent of the graduates are first-generation college students. 

A sampling of where students are going includes: 

  • Alejandro Ortiz Venezuela, University of Florida in Gainesville to study politics and economics.
  • Ellis Ward, Brown University in Providence, R.I.
  • Elie Rizk, Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., double majoring in economics and data science.
  • Milania Lucia Soares da Costa, Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., to study political science, and sociology and anthropology.
  • Karolina Maria Szewczyk, Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, to study international economics and business economics. 
  • Rhiannon Griffiths, Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., majoring in environmental studies.
  • Isabelle Grace Burns, Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, either this fall or next fall. Isabelle is undecided about taking a gap year. 
  • Elijah Allen Martineau, Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, majoring in outdoor and environmental recreation.
  • Catherine Quinn, Tufts University on the border of Medford and Somerville, Mass.
  • Omobolanle Kafidipe, Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Major undecided.
  • Ying Han, Lake Forest College in Chicago, likely double majoring in psychology and neuroscience with a minor in journalism.

Areas of study range from liberal arts to science. The hot choices are international relations, economics, neuroscience, architecture, and literature.

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