Newark Public Schools Celebrates Four Exceptional Seniors Securing Prestigious QuestBridge Scholarships

[Newark, NJ] The Newark Board of Education is pleased to announce that four exceptional seniors from across the District have been awarded the prestigious QuestBridge scholarship, marking a significant achievement for Newark Public Schools. These scholarships, spanning four years, are granted by esteemed colleges affiliated with QuestBridge, including distinguished institutions such as Amherst, Pomona, and Carleton, as well as renowned research universities like Duke, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, University of Chicago, and Yale.

The Match Scholarship, an integral part of a comprehensive financial aid package from each college, generously covers the entire cost of attendance, encompassing tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and travel expenses.

The accomplished recipients of these scholarships are Shariah Marsden from Bard High School Early College, Laiba Arif and Mariana Nolasco from Technology High School, and Adamari Rodriguez-Valdiviezo from Science Park High School. These outstanding students proudly stand among the top 10% of their graduating class, showcasing excellence in a rigorous academic curriculum that includes AP courses and dual enrollment programs. They have also actively engaged in extracurricular activities such as student government and the National Honor Society.

Notably, the academic pursuits of these outstanding scholars are truly commendable. Shariah is set to embark on a journey at Yale, where her focus will be on Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, showcasing her dedication to the intricacies of scientific exploration. Adamari, with a keen interest in the intricate world of Molecular and Cellular Biology, coupled with a minor in Physics, will be contributing her intellect to the academic community at Johns Hopkins. Mariana's path leads her to Tufts, where she will delve into the realms of Clinical Psychology or Cognitive Brain Science, demonstrating a commitment to understanding the complexities of the human mind. Meanwhile, Laiba's academic journey at Hamilton will center around Psychology, reflecting her passion for unraveling the intricacies of human behavior. These chosen fields of study not only underscore the diverse talents of these scholars but also promise significant contributions to their respective fields in the future.

Superintendent Leόn expressed his pride, stating, "Our students consistently demonstrate exceptional talents, reaffirming what we, in Newark, have long recognized. Their brilliance not only brings pride to our community but also inspires us. We look forward to the day they return to our city and contribute to its growth."

Board President Council emphasized, "Our students' remarkable achievements are a source of immense pride. Their well-deserved recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work they have invested in their education."

This remarkable accomplishment reflects the commitment of Newark Public Schools to nurturing and empowering its students to attain new heights of academic excellence. The District extends heartfelt congratulations to these students on their well-deserved success and wishes them continued success in their educational pursuits. Congratulations to Shamarah, Adamari, Mariana, and Laiba on their exciting academic endeavors.

About Newark Public Schools
The Newark Public Schools is the largest school district in New Jersey and dates back to 1676. The District currently enrolls over 39,000 students in 63 schools. After more than two decades of state operation and upon return to local control in 2018, the District has opened 9 new schools under Superintendent León's leadership with an additional portfolio of new options to be announced in the coming months and years. The Newark Board of Education serves as a beacon of educational excellence, dedicated to nurturing the potential of every student. With a commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and fostering a love for learning, the District continues to shape future generations and make a positive impact within the community.

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