EHS grad­u­ate wins na­tional schol­ar­ship

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East­side High School 2012 grad­u­ate Maya Ann Collins has been named a 2012 Buick Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent. As one of only 100 na­tional Buick Achieve­ment schol­ar­ship win­ners, Collins will re­ceive up to $25,000 a year, re­new­able for up to four years, to go to­ward her col­lege tu­ition. She is plan­ning on pur­su­ing a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Chem­i­cal and bi­molec­u­lar engi­neer­ing at Ge­or­gia Tech. She also plans on com­plet­ing the school’s Ph.D. pro­gram in hopes of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer.

Sup­ported by the Gen­eral Mo­tors Foun­da­tion, the Buick Achiev­ers pro­gram is one of the largest schol­ar­ship pro­grams in the coun­try and re­wards students who ex­cel both in the class­room and in the community, but lack the fi­nan­cial re­sources to pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion. Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents are se­lected based on the fol­low­ing fac­tors:aca­demic achieve­ment fi­nan­cial need par­tic­i­pa­tion and lead

- er­ship in community and school ac­tiv­i­ties work ex­pe­ri­ence and in­ter­est in pur­su­ing a ca­reer in the au­to­mo­tive or re­lated in­dus­try

“I was truly amazed to re­ceive the won­der­ful let­ter that so elo­quently de­scribed the his­tory and legacy of the Buick Achiev­ers Schol­ar­ship,” said Collins. “Un­der­stand­ing the ex­cel­lence in ‘Engi­neer­ing Ser­vice and Schol­ar­ship’ that the Buick Achiev­ers Pro­gram stands for was over­whelm­ing to read and un­cover. I am in­deed blessed to be named a re­cip­i­ent of this great award.”

She said, “I plan to use this award to fur­ther ad­vance my ed­u­ca­tional dreams and continue my stride for dis­tinc­tion and merit. I am over­joyed to think that my ed­u­ca­tional de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment to community ser­vice were wor­thy enough to achieve this mag­nif­i­cent honor. Again, I am highly ap­pre­cia­tive of the GM Foun­da­tion for as­sist­ing my ef­forts to reach goals that were unimag­in­able, but to­day are be­com­ing more and more ob­tain­able.”

In ad­di­tion to her high aca­demic achieve­ment in high school — she grad­u­ated fourth in her class at East­side and also made the Dean’s List as a dual en­roll­ment stu­dent at Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege — Collins was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ron­ald McDon­ald House of Char­i­ties pro­gram (Gate­wood), where she worked with young chil­dren to raise their spir­its as they un­der­went treat­ment at lo­cal hos­pi­tals. She also vol­un­teered her time at New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter and Keep Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton Beau­ti­ful.

“Maya Ann Collins is a ded­i­cated and de­ter­mined young lady with a tremen­dous drive to suc­ceed,” said Tina Daniel Reasey, lead coun­selor at East­side High School. “She was fo­cused on her aca­demics and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence while in high school. She was able to grad­u­ate with top hon­ors and had many schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties. East­side High School is very proud of Maya and her ac­com­plish­ments.”


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