EMERGE 2017 Senior Celebration

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On Thursday, April 27, EMERGE celebrated its largest class of graduating seniors in HISD, hosting a big send-off at Rice University in honor of the students’ acceptances into colleges and universities around the country, as well as an anticipated $36 million in scholarships and grants.

This year, students have been accepted to schools such as Harvard University, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Scripps College, Amherst College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University, St. John’s University-New York, and Johns Hopkins University.

EMERGE really helped me understand the college application process—I was exposed to many opportunities such as college visits and summer programs in addition to test preparation and essay writing workshops,” said Eastwood Academy senior and EMERGE Scholar Josue Sanchez. “I’ll be attending Amherst College in the fall, without needing to take out any loans, and studying political science.

The EMERGE Fellowship is a Houston-based nonprofit organization that partners with school districts such as HISD to empower and prepare high-performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges and universities across the nation. This past year, EMERGE-HISD has worked with more than 786 students across 44 HISD high schools, changing lives and futures for both students and their families.

To learn more about EMERGE, visit www.HoustonISD.org/EMERGE.

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