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Comments from Winners and Parents

I was so happy to hear that I received a scholarship! I never thought I would be getting scholarship money while in the eighth grade. The USAA has helped me to understand that it is never too soon to begin preparing for college. Thank you very much!

Kristin Elizabeth McCasland, 7th grader
Texas Middle School
Texarkana, TX


I am really grateful for this recognition. It helps me to realize my potential and encourage me to work harder to achieve my goal in the future.

Ninh Hai Vu, senior

Pius X High School
Lincoln, NE

I would like to thank the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship committee for selecting me as the recipient of this grant. I would also like to thank my nominating teacher, Mrs. Debbie Dambrino, for encouraging me to study hard, treat people with kindness, and try to participate in school and community projects as much as possible. I realize that with the help of a good teacher like Mrs. Dambrino and recognition from a wonderful foundation like yours, my college applications will not be overlooked.

Mason Evans, freshman

Kirk Academy
Grenada, MS

I am honored that the USAA found me qualified to grant me a scholarship. I hope to be able to use the funds to help finance my education on my journey to become an astrophysicist and study the Universe.

Joshua Shen Speagle, senior

Brookfield Central High School
Brookfield, WI

Thank you so much for this scholarship. It is so nice to have all the hard work I did throughout high school recognized. The money will be very helpful as I continue with my education.

Raisa Sharif Chowdhury, senior

Mount Tabor High School
Winston Salem, NC

I am truly honored to be recognized by the United States Achievement Academy. The scholarship money will help me extremely as I pursue my Computer Science degree form Georgia Institute of Technology. I am glad to have been considered for the award, and feel even more ecstatic to have been chosen.

Matthew Johnson, senior

Marquette High School
Chesterfield, MO

It is a great honor to receive this grant from the USAA Scholarship Foundation. With the money I have received, I will be able to pay for the textbooks that I am currently using in my Calculus and Ancient Greek courses. It is nice to be recognized for the hard work that I put in throughout my high school years.

Johnathan Andrzejek, senior

Hamilton Central High School
Hamilton, NY


I am much honored to accept this generous grant from the Academy. When I found out about the award, I was overjoyed. The fact that this Academy gives out these awards shows the Academy's generous and giving characteristics. I am honored to be a recipient of one of these such awards, and I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Academy for this.

Isaac Robert, senior

Stillman Valley High School
Stillman Valley, IL

As a very average student, I fell greatly honored to have received such respect even just being nominated for this prestigious scholarship. In fact, I never would have dreamed of being recognized out of the numerous students in the nation.

Ezekiel Kwong, 7th grader

Red Mountain Middle School
Deming, NM

I am very honored and fortunate to receive this prestigious award from the Academy. I would like to thank my parents, Mr. Helm, and all the teachers who helped me throughout high school and helped me get to where I am today. I could not have done any of this without them.

Ritu Saxena, senior

Methacton High School
Eagleville, PA

I think that awarding educational cash grants is a great idea, and it will be very useful to me in my journey of education.

Rachel Jarvis, 8th grader

Robin Mickle Middle School
Lincoln, NE


Four years ago, at the start of my high school career, if you told me where I am and what I did today, I probably would not believe you. Looking back, however, I can clearly connect the dots and see a series of fortunate events that have successfully led me here today. One thing I’ve repeatedly noticed is that the harder I work, the luckier I get. I feel extremely honored to have my hard work and many accomplishments recognized by the Academy. One day I hope that I, too, can be of great contribution to society, just like the Academy currently is. Thank you for your generosity.

Betty Liu, senior

High Technology High School
Lincroft, NJ


What an honor to be chosen by the Academy. This is truly life changing in the works. I would like to thank my teacher Ms. Cynthia Armitage and my parents for their support throughout my life.

With Thanks & Appreciation

Justin J. Miller, 8th grader

Richardson Middle School
Springfield, PA


I felt rewarded just by the fact that my head football coach nominated me for the USAA award. It’s a huge compliment that Coach Motta thinks this highly of me and I appreciate him not only taking the time to nominate me but also the fact that he choose to think of me for this award. Coach Motta always tells us “Do not cease doing good for you will reap the benefits at the proper time” and I feel that is true both on and off the field. Our hard work paid off last year when we had an undefeated season. Winning awards like the USAA Award shows me my hard work has paid off not just on the field but in the classroom and my community as well.

Colby Lufkin, junior

St. Edward’s Upper School
Vero Beach, FL


Since I was young, curiosity has fueled my mind. As I grew older, my questions also became more sophisticated and complex. A strong and insatiable desire for seeking answers to these new and inexplicable questions developed within me; a characteristic that further developed my leadership skills. This scholarship opportunity has allowed me to be recognized nationally in honor of the Academy serves as a rewarding acknowledgement in return for my contributions towards academic excellence. Essentially, these privileges have provided me with the opportunity to be the change I wish to see in the world and reach out to pursue further achievements.

"It's your aptitude, not just your attitude that determines your ultimate altitude." Zig Ziglar

Jacqueline Carbajal, sophomore
TERA Environmental Research Ins.
Miami, FL


This is a great opportunity for high school students to be rewarded for all the hard work that they do, especially as this is nominated by teachers who have direct interactions with students all the time. I am so thankful to the committee for choosing me and for giving me an opportunity to pursue my higher educational goals with this grant!

Vinamrata Singal, junior

Clear Lake High School
Houston, TX


Thank you!! I think that receiving this scholarship will greatly help my chances of being successful in this world. I know how hard it is to make it in this world considering the shape that the United States is in right now. I have always been raised to try my hardest at anything and everything that I set my mind to. I have been all around the block with animals and my interest has settled in between avian exotics and exotic reptiles or Zoology. This scholarship means that I am taking a big step toward the vast amount of education needed to make it in this world, and not just make it, but to succeed at what I am passionate about. This scholarship in any form means the world to me... literally. Thank you for choosing me as one of the four hundred students in the United States for this scholarship. I am glad you picked me for this because I personally feel that my passion and strife for education is far beyond your average student. I promise to do this scholarship justice.

Brent Russell Flynn, 8th grader

Mill Creek Middle School
Woodstock, GA


The Academy has been entrusted with the difficult task of highlighting today’s most promising youth; being initiated into this elite group is an honor. Knowing that the esteemed selection committee has chosen to invest in me over other qualified candidates reinforces the fact that I have a responsibility to my community. I am proud to be a recipient of this prestigious award; every dollar brings me one step closer to my dream of becoming a physician.

Danielle Anne Cunningham, senior

Grain Valley High School
Grain Valley, MO


I just want to thank you for the opportunity you have given me to pursue my education on a higher level. Because of your generous donation, I will be one step closer to achieving my career goals. I could not accomplish my dreams without organizations such as yours helping me financially as you have done. Thanks again for all the support you have given, and I hope one day I can affect some devoted student in the same way you have helped me.

Brian Richardson, junior

Union Grove Jr/Sr High School
Gladewater, TX


Affording college is tough, and scholarships are essential for me to further my educational pursuits. The financial help awarded to me by the Academy will help me achieve my goals.

Dylan Hardenbergh, junior

South Anchorage High School
Anchorage, AK


I am very grateful to be a recipient of this national recognition and I would like to thank my family and all of my teachers for their continuous support for all of my goals. I would especially like to thank Wendi Brandenburg, my Speech, Interp, and Debate Team Coach for this nomination and for all of the skills she has taught me.

Alonna Ray, freshman

Centennial High School
Frisco, TX


I am truly grateful and humbled to receive this award. It marks a major milestone for my high school career by acknowledging my efforts and hard work as a student these past years. The USAA scholarship will definitely encourage me to continue my endeavors to excel in academics, extracurricular, athletics and community service. I would especially like to thank my teacher for nominating me and giving me this wonderful opportunity to be recognized. This is a proud moment for me.

Victoria Pan, senior

Ridgewood High School
Ridgewood, NJ


First, I would like to thank God and everyone who made this possible; especially my nominating teacher who thought I would be a good candidate to participate in the United States Achievement Academy. I would also like to thank the people that are always encouraging me to continue working hard and to follow my dreams. It is truly an honor to be a recipient of this scholarship grant. It makes me feel good to know that my hard work does not go without recognition. Receiving this award, has given me a boost in confidence, and pushes me to work harder to achieve my goals in life. Thank You.

Oliviyah Farris, freshman

Bassfield High School
Bassfield, MS


I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the United States Achievement Academy for my scholarship award, which will be used to further my education after high school. I would also like to express my appreciation to the teachers who nominated me for the USAA Scholarship: Mr. Clark Gusso and Mr. Mark Sprigler. I am very fortunate to have teachers such as these and other individuals who have inspired and encouraged me to excel in all aspects of my life. I am much honored to have been chosen for this national award, and I will strive to represent the USAA, my school and my community to the best of my ability in the future.

Jordan Aspen, 8th grader

Belle Fourche Middle School
Belle Fourche, SD


I am very grateful to have been chosen for such a prestigious award, and also thankful to have such a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Kim Johnston, who nominated me. I am looking forward to using this grant to further my future aspirations of being an accountant and hope to make my family, school, and community proud. Thank you, United States Achievement Academy, for giving me such an amazing opportunity.

Jamilla Karemo, junior

W. B. Travis High School
Richmond, TX


I would like to express my gratitude to the Academy for this honor! This scholarship will prove to be very useful and I thank God that he has allowed me to succeed academically and in other areas so that I can receive such a gift. My prayer is that I will be able to use this scholarship to get an education that will help me impact this world for Christ. May He receive all the glory!

Alethia Heide, sophomore

Herritage Christian School
Bozeman, MT


I'm thrilled to receive this honor from the United States Achievement Academy and appreciative of my science teacher, Ms. Brown who nominated me for this scholarship.

This recognition has boosted my confidence and has challenged me to work harder towards my goal of becoming an educator.

I thank you for your time and commitment to education.

Rachna Kamath, 7th grader

William IB Middle Magnet School
Tampa, FL


I am extremely honored to receive this scholarship. Thank you so much to the Academy for allowing me to have this opportunity.

Angela Cameron, junior

Hamilton County High School
Jasper, FL


I am honored to be selected to be selected by the Academy for a scholarship, and I wish to express my deepest thanks.

As everyone knows, the path to college and a better future is long and difficult at times. I am changing that path one step at a time. The Academy has helped me as I venture out on the path to success. Thank you!

Jason Li, 7th grader

Iroquois Middle School
Macomb, MI


I appreciate this recognition from the United States Achievement Academy; it will help me pursue my educational goals. In the short term, I will pursue an education in business, with an emphasis in finance. I am both left-brained and right-brained, and so my ultimate goal is to find a career that uses all my strengths, and enables me to make a positive contribution to some facet of American business.

Kathryn Carroll, senior

Belvidere High School
Belvidere, IL


I was pleasantly surprised when I checked my email today. Sitting in my inbox was a message from the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation congratulating me on being selected to receive a scholarship. After I did a little happy dance, I started to think of all the benefits this could have. It could be the start of a list of accomplishments. It could be the boost of self-confidence I need. It could be the way to further my goals and my education. What it is, however, is something that will never change. It is my first scholarship. It is the highlight of my day. It is the beginning of a long road to travel, and it is what will make the journey a little easier. Simply saying thank you is not enough. I am truly grateful for this honor, and I hope this short message conveys my appreciation.

Katherine Gibson, sophomore

Grand Junction High School
Grand Junction, CO


I feel tremendously encouraged and honored to be recognized by the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation. This scholarship will help me to pursue my passion of learning and to share that passion with other students. I strive to continue to succeed and become a next-generation scientist who can incorporate understanding from all scientific fields in my research. But even more than that, I aim to become a scientist who promotes advances for her family, school, community, country, society and world. Thank you for providing a scholarship that will support leaders of the future. The sweetest part of this award is the fact that I was nominated by one of my favorite teachers at my school. It means the world to me.

Amy Chyao, junior

Plano East Senior High School
Plano, TX


I must admit, I was rather surprised that I had been chosen as one of the recipients of a scholarship. There was nothing that was too unique about me; I was simply a student that had higher than average math abilities for a middle school student. But, still, I had managed to gain a scholarship, through which means, I do not know- Was it because of my awards? Or was it because of the general things that I did? I wonder about why I was chosen, but I must say that I do enjoy receiving this scholarship and am grateful to Mrs. Powers for nominating me for a chance like this.

Kathleen Yang, 7th grader

Winburn Middle School
Lexington, KY


I am ever so grateful to get this and I thank everyone with USAA for giving me this scholarship. It is nice to have a place that will recognize a student who gives the extra effort.

Ethan Barlage, 7th grader

Elko Middle School
Sandston, VA


I'm so very honored to be receiving this grant. I'm very thankful to my school, my teachers, my family, my friends and the United States Achievement Academy.

Madison Foster, freshman

Floyd Central High School
Floyd Knobs, IN


I am honored to be recognized by the Academy and be awarded this scholarship. I have worked hard and will continue to work hard to be successful in school and in life.

Daniel N Schrantz, freshman

Laurens District High School
Laurens, SC


I want to thank the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation for this generous award — this investment of good will. You have invested your support in me, and I will not waste your generosity. I am humbled to be among such prestigious company as the other scholarship winners. It is my hope that we, the future generation, will work through every challenge, will aspire for improvement in every endeavor, and will dare to savor every moment along the way.

Samuel Kennedy, senior

Matoaca Senior High School
Chesterfield, VA


It is truly an honor to be chosen as one of the few recipients of this prestigious award. As I type these words, I am still in awe. The feeling hasn’t yet sunk in that in March 2012 I will open a letter and out will pop a check for $500 with my name on it. When I usually apply for awards, I am confident that I have a favorable chance of receiving them. When I applied for this award though, my mind set was different. Since the United States Achievement Academy pulls from the best students throughout the country, I thought winning this award was a long shot. I have been proven wrong though. I applied and have won. I am very grateful for the victory. It gives me confidence to continue to strive for the top no matter the competition.

Justin Magrath, junior

Fontainebleau High School
Mandeville, LA


I am very honored that I was eligible to compete for this scholarship and I am excited to be one of the chosen recipients. I have my teacher who nominated me to thank for getting me involved in the United States Achievement Academy. I understand what a great opportunity this is to be recognized throughout the country.

I would like to thank the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation for all they have done for me and others.

Myranda Grey Morrison, 7th grader

Bedford Middle School
Bedford, VA


I am deeply honored to have been selected for an award in this prestigious association. It truly means a lot to me. I'd like to thank the academy, as well as my nominating educator, Ms. Stacey Rubin, for recognizing my accomplishments, selecting me, and believing in me to this degree. One of only three students selected from NYC, I am also honored to share the joy with two fellow New Yorkers, one of them attending Regis High School in Manhattan, which I am applying to this year.

Jake Montagnino, 7th grader

IS 239 Mark Twain
Brooklyn, NY


I would like to thank the Academy for recognizing my work efforts in school. I believe that learning is power and committing myself to academics is key to success in life. To be recognized for my achievements means a great deal to me and my family. It provides me with extra incentive to continue a path of leadership and excellence in the academic arena.

Zachary G. Morris, 8th grader

Salem Junior High School
Salem, OH


I am extremely proud of this great accomplishment. I am most grateful for the teacher that has nominated me for this distinguish honor. Education is very important to me and my future aspiration to become an engineer one day. Thank you United States Achievement Scholarship Committee for selecting me probably among thousands of applicants across the US. It is my hope that you offer more opportunities to compete for future scholarships.

Zharbray Andrez Livingston, 6th grader
Georgetown Middle School
Georgetown, SC


I would like to express my gratitude to the Achievement Academy for awarding me with this scholarship. It is an honor to be chosen out of all the nominees. The scholarship will go to good use to alleviate the cost of college tuition and I am appreciative of being able to help pay for it with my own achievements. Thank you for recognizing me for my hard work!

Alexandra Westby, senior

Cardinal O’Hara High School
Springfield, PA


I am extremely grateful and delighted to receive this scholarship. I am honored that the Academy chose me for this prestigious award. I give all the glory to my lord and savior Jesus Christ for giving me these abilities and talents. I want to thank my parents for always supporting me and pushing me to do my best. Lastly, I want to thank my favorite teacher for nominating me for this award. Coach Campbell, you are the best!

Taylor Adaline Thompson, sophomore

North Pike High School
Summit, MS


I am honored for receiving this award. I couldn't have done it without my school, Willoghby Middle School. Last year my homeroom teacher, Mrs. Siefert, helped me through good and bad times. She helped me see what I can do with my life. She taught me to let nothing hold you back. Mrs. Simspon taught me in the arts and how to express myself and be creative within myself. She helped me during the times I had performances. She helped perfect my acts as well as my dad. Mr. Neiderkorn my band director helped me with my saxophone and jazz piano playing. He also helped me get to Jazz Impact. Jazz Impact is a High School band. The Assistant Principal, Mr. Sternburg, always told me that the sky is the limit. He also said that I should keep up the arts and my hard work in school. My mom helped me when I had a problem on homework. Also helping me accomplish what I not to accomplish. She also helped me with time management. Finally with self discipline. Without the Willoughby Middle 6th grade Honors classes I wouldn't have received this award.

Michael Czubaj, 7th grader

Willoughby Middle School
Willoughby, OH


This scholarship came at a perfect time for me. I'm currently in my first semester at a private college and the $200 I will receive next semester will really help me to continue to cover my costs. Thank you USAA!

Katelyn Jones, senior

Powder Valley High School
North Powder, OR


I am beyond grateful for the cash grant you awarded me. This money will be a tremendous help on my route to become a mathematics teacher. I have always loved math and have always loved being in the presence of children. Their joy in simple brightens my day. I also would like to thank my nominating educator, Mrs. Burton. Without her, this would not have been possible. Mrs. Burton is not only the greatest teacher ever, but one of the greatest people I know. Being able to have her as a teacher as well as an Academic Coach has been a tremendous blessing. Thank you USAA for all that you do!

Dalton Hopper, 8th grader

Johnson County Middle School
Paintsville, KY


It is a great honor to be selected for such a prestigious award. The hard work and dedication I have put in over the past few years has finally paid off, and I am extremely thankful for being selected as a scholar.

Kyle Bartelman, junior

Culver Academies
Culver, IN


I am very excited to be receiving such a prestigious award at such a young age! .

Joe Van Deren, freshman
Russell High School
Russell, KY


Achievement is the feeling and emotion I have. This award gives me the courage and strength to continue my pursuit toward knowledge, knowing that someone recognizes my efforts. It gives me pride that the hours of working and sleepless nights are paying off. I've always been determined to excel in all of my educational disciplines. But this award invigorates me to not only excel but master in all I set my mind to do. I'm also thankful to all the people who have guided me in the right direction. My teachers were instrumental in shaping my goals for the future, and my friends provided me support to march ahead. But most importantly, it was my parents who continually believed in me and always supported me in everything I do. Without their guidance, hard work, and love, I wouldn't be the studious and outgoing student I am today.

Naveen Mallangada

Jericho Junior High School
Jericho, NY


I am very pleased that I was honored with one of the many United States Achievement Academy scholarships. I would like to thank the Academy for selecting me. I would also like to thank my teacher for nominating me and my parents for always believing in me. I have always strived to do well in school and receiving recognition like this makes it all worth while. Thank you once again.

Sara Ellingrod, sophomore

Arvada-Clearmont High School
Clearmont, WY


It is an honor for me to earn this scholarship award from the United States Achievement Academy. I have worked very hard in my academic studies at Central Catholic High School, and it is remarkable that I am able to be recognized for my achievements. Throughout my studies, I often have times where I need to seek help from my teacher or a tutor, but I am able to maintain a high grade in my classes because I ask questions. My teacher, Mr. David E. Bodrog, nominated me for this award, as he saw that I was deserving out of all of his students. This is an amazing experience and opportunity for me and my family and I hope that the remainder of my high school career is successful, so I may one day pursue further education in college.

Joseph Samuel Rogers, freshman

Central Catholic High School
Pittsburg, PA


I am extremely thankful to have this opportunity to begin working towards my college goals. Although I am only a freshman, I will do everything I can to lead a successful and distinguished life. This grant is a great beginning step, as it will help me attain my dream of attending college.

Spencer Stewart, 8th grader

Twin Bridges High School
Twin Bridges, MT


I would like to thank the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation for honoring me with such a reward. It feels great to be acknowledged for all the hard work, and I will use this as encouragement to make me work even harder than I have in the past.

Tanner Karp, sophomore

Arlington High School
Arlington, TN


It is with great appreciation that I accept this recognition and the scholarship that accompanies it. Not only will the monetary award lighten the financial burden of college imposed upon me and my family, but this form of national recognition is what ultimately acts as a reward for hard work and dedication. This award acts as reassurance, in my mind, that all of my hard work in high school was worth the effort. It also reminds me that if I continue to put forth my best effort in college and, in general, day-to-day life, then the outcome will be nothing but positive. Thank you for this encouragement.

David Dyrda, senior

Carl Sandburg High School
Orland Park, IL


I'd like to express my sincere thanks to the United States Achievement Academy for this prestigious award. I will use this scholarship to further pursue my academic interests at the university level in the field of medicine or chemical engineering. This money will go towards purchasing textbooks or a laptop to aid my studies.

Kiara Wenhan Cui, junior

Cookeville High School
Cookeville, TN


I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity that this scholarship provides me. Additionally, I'm much honored to have been selected by the Academy for this scholarship. I hope to use the scholarship to eventually give a much, much greater value back to the community through the help that I can provide once I have completed my education, and I can't wait to do so.

Richard Barz Jr., senior

Douglas County High School
Castle Rock, CO


I have dreamed of attending college ever since I was young and now that I have been named as a recipient of a National Scholarship Cash Grant, my dream is becoming a reality. I am glad to have the opportunity to thank you personally for your generosity. Without scholarship patrons like you, there would be many students such as myself unable to pursue the career they've dreamed of. My future plans include pursuing a Masters Degree in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. I am honored to be a recipient of an award from the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation; I will continue to strive for academic excellence.

Matthew R. Phelps, 6th grader

Cedar Grove Middle School
Supply, NC


I am grateful for the recognition I have receive so far, both from my teachers and the Academy. This has been a great springboard for me into applying for both scholarships and college. The scholarship will help me achieve my dream of becoming a chemistry or environmental engineer, and perhaps someday, I will be able to help out society in my own way with a new discovery or invention.

Jeffrey An, sophomore

Green Hope High School
Cary, NC


"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." – Winston Churchill

Anita Savell, sophomore

Santa Rosa High School
Santa Rosa, CA


I would like to thank my band director Mr. Facenda for nominating me for this prestigious scholarship. My participation in the music program throughout my 4 years of high school provided the opportunity to excel in jazz, concert band and orchestra. As part of this program I was exposed to community service and travel for band competitions. Music provided many fond memories in high school. I am also grateful for the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation for giving me the award and thus nationally recognizing me as an outstanding student. I appreciate the honor of this scholarship and will continue to excel in my scholastic achievements throughout my academic career in order to be a model of what a recipient of this award should be.

Kristen Ilsemann, senior

Villa Joseph Marie High School
Holland, PA


I am really gratefull for this award. I will really thank my teacher for nominating me. I know now that with this award I can do even better maybe even a full scholarship. This award is not the first of course and it will not be the last. I have made my family really proud and I will make them even more proud over time no matter how hard it gets or how long it takes I will keep achieving. I write this letter so you remember me because this will not be the last you will hear of me. I hope to hear from you guys again very soon.

Alan Norrigan, 7th grader

Del Dios Middle School
Escondido, CA


I am greatly honored to receive the scholarship grant from the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation. It was a wonderful surprise to have been awarded the scholarship. The grant money will be placed in my college fund. Thank you for the opportunity to be awarded this grant.

Whitney Moyers, 6th grader

Gasconade C-4 Elementary School
Falcon, MO


I would like to offer my deepest thanks to the United States Achievement Academy. The Dr. George A. Stevens Founder’s Award will provide me with tremendous financial support as I pursue a world-class education at Stanford University.

I am studying chemical engineering at Stanford to obtain the skills needed to become a researcher answering today’s central questions in energy and medical technology. After college, I hope to work on the interface between microbiology, biochemistry, and organic synthesis. By combining the strengths of these fields, I hope to help formulate a sustainable solution for the increasing demand of the 21st century energy economy. In the medical field, I would like to combine synthetic and biological tools to combat drug-resistant microorganisms through more effective, targeted treatments. Finally, I hope to apply this research with a global outlook in order to improve the worldwide standard of living.

Niklaus Hoyt Evitt, senior

Cheyenne Mountain High School
Colorado Springs, CO


Wow! It's so great to be recognized for hard work and to be included in a great group of students from around the country. Thanks so much for your generosity and the generosity of your sponsors. I hope to have a double major in music and music education and ultimately earn a doctoral degree to teach college students. We can't always pay back, but we can pay forward. I hope your investment in me pays dividends in others.

S. Kyle Moore, junior

Madison Central High School
Madison, MS


At age 6, I was diagnosed with ADHD, a tic disorder exacerbated by medication, Asperger's disorder (provisional), a history of auditory processing deficits, and challenges with pragmatic language, motor skills, attention, and vigilance. According to my doctor, I did not fit into an identified condition. I worked very, very hard, and with the help of doctors, speech therapists, God's grace, and lots of loving family and friends, I “broke the mold.” I overcame. I won. And I continue to win. I am a mosaic of so many people who believed in me and who invested in me, and it is my earnest desire to be worthy of their investment. You have now become a part of my mosaic. I am both stunned and very thankful for your recognition. I hope to one day be a video game designer, and your gift will help empower that dream.

O. Kendall Moore, Jr., senior

Madison Central High School
Madison, MS


I feel really honored to have been able to receive this scholarship. I would like to thank my science teacher for nominating me. Thank you for selecting me as a recipient of this scholarship.

Sumaiyah Liggans, 8th grader

T. Johnson Middle School
Lanham, MD


I felt surprised when I received the letter about the scholarship, but I was mostly proud and happy to be recognized by my science teacher for the Academy. Even my parents were very proud for me. When I read the letter, I felt wonderful to be recognized by the academy because only a few percent of the students in the U.S were chosen. I felt very successful to be awarded. I was also thrilled to know that the academy would help me out in the future, such as the scholarship. I felt very thankful for my teachers, and I wish to continue to be successful in my education and fine arts.

Haejin Kang, 6th grader

Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School
Augusta, GA


I am greatly honored to be showcased by such a prestigious institution as the United States Achievement Academy, and I am thoroughly gracious for the opportunity provided to me.

Rohit Borah, sophomore

Florence High School
Florence, AL


I would first like to thank the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation for honoring me with this award. I would like to thank Mr. Michael Cohen, Test Coordinator and Mr. Dante Edwards, Science and Math Academy Leader, for nominating me. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to be recognized with such a high honor and I am grateful.

I charge every one of my peers to strive for the best at all times. Success is right ahead of us.

Shinitra Russell, sophomore

B. E. Mays High School
Atlanta, GA


I had a rush of emotions when my mom told me I had earned my first scholarship. The strongest, though, was pride. I was very proud to be recognized for how hard I've been trying. Also, I was proud to be who I am today. Last, I was very proud of myself for sticking with it, for studying instead of hanging out with my friends. That was how I felt when I earned this achievement. Remember, hard work pays off!

Ashley Jellison, 7th grader

Coppinville Junior High School
Enterprise, AL


I am very honored to be one of the 400 recipients of this esteemed Scholarship Award! I would like to thank the United States Achievement Academy for this recognition as well as the educational cash grant. I am very proud to have been chosen for Who's Who Among Honor Students as well as Who's Who Among All-American Scholars. I have no doubt that these honors will help me to achieve my future goals of pursuing advanced degrees in Vocal Performance as well as Theater Arts Management in order to pursue a career in Opera and/or Musical Theater. Thank you USAA!

Madison Garris, 7th grader

Waynesville Middle School
Waynesville, NC


I am grateful that my English teacher, Mr. Lawrence Parker, took the time to nominate students for scholarships. Mr. Parker has since retired, but I learned more about writing in his 7th grade Honors English class. I appreciate the education money that The United States Achievement Academy has awarded to me, and I feel that taking Honors classes pays off in many different ways for me. I am taking several honors classes this year, after realizing last year the extra work doesn't take too much time from my outside activities. Because I am in 8th grade, my school, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, also acknowledges our Honors when we walk for our graduation ceremony. I am glad I chose to start taking honors classes because I will feel proud when I graduate. Thank you very much! Layne R.-Brank

Mariallayne Layne Ramadan-Brank, 7th grader

Cab Calloway school of Performing Arts
Wilmington, DE


The national recognition that the Academy has given me has boosted my confidence to help me achieve my goals in such a competitive world. I feel that I am one step closer to becoming a pediatrician. That feeling is priceless! Thank you so much for your support!

Kallan Zion, 7th grader

Junction Middle School
Junction, TX


First, I would like to thank GOD. Without him, I would not be. I would like to thank the Academy for this award. I would, also, like to thank my Teacher, Mr. Cory Green for nominating me. And, I would like to thank my Parents for always being there for me and encouraging me in all that I do. It is an honor to even have been nominated much less chosen for such a prestigious award. Again, thank you so much and GOD BLESS!

Noah Martin, 6th grader

Longfellow Career Exploration
Dallas, TX


I want to express my sincere gratitude to USAA for selecting me as one of the 400 scholarship recipients! It is such an honor for me to receive this award! It is truly a great encouragement for me to continue to work hard.

I’d like to thank my Vice Principal and 6th Grade teachers for nominating me – Mr. Richard Paisner (Vice Principal), Ms. Darla Ramberg (Language Arts), Mrs. Angela Berg (Mathematics), Mrs. Kathryn Bartholomew (Science), Mrs. Nancy Nichols (Physical Education), Mrs. Cathy Ehrlich (Computer), Mrs. Molly Otte (Fine Arts), and Ms. Tzu Kuan (Mandarin Chinese).

My support team – my mother, maternal grandmother and maternal great-aunt – really appreciate USAA for awarding me this scholarship. This grant is motivating for me to do even better. I will use it wisely toward my higher education goals. I will continue on the path to achievement and success. Thank you again to USAA for your generosity!

Jeremy Yeung, 6th grader

Lake Middle school
Woodbury, MN


I am honored to receive this scholarship, as well as the recognition I will receive by being included in the Achievement Academy yearbook. I would like to thank Deborah Adams of Wayne County High School for my nomination, as well as my parents for helping influence my desire for knowledge early in life.

Cordell Formy Duval, sophomore

Wayne County High School
Jesup, GA


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. ~Marianne Williamson.

Jenna Rae Gilbert, junior

Des Moines High School
Des Moines, NM


I would like to thank both my teachers at my school who pushed me through school and helped me achieve all that I have achieved, Rhonda Foreman and Diana Bailey, You're the best! This scholarship means the world to me, because it is my first official scholarship I have achieved, and I can officially say that I am a scholar!!! The Recognition is amazing, and I would have never of thought that my name would go national. There are no words to describe what an honor this is! Thank you!

Garrison Collier, freshman

Lassen High School
Susanville, CA


I am honored to have been awarded this scholarship by the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation. My goal is to attend a four-year university, and this scholarship will help me to achieve this. Thank you for your interest and support of young people who want to make difference in our nation.

Emily Carter, 8th grader

Sequim Middle School
Sequim, WA


I want to thank my 6th grade Social Study teacher Ms. Notti very much for nominating me for this prestigious award. Thank you USAA Scholarship for providing this opportunity for people like me to go farther in life. I am honored that you have seen something 'Big' in me and that you have giving me an opportunity to shine and help fulfill my dream to become an Optometrist. I've never won anything like this before so this will be a constant reminder for me to always dare to dream and believe.

Nyah (Victoria) Goddard, 6th grader

Henry County Middle
McDonough, GA


This scholarship is very important to me. I have worked extremely hard in school so that I can consider several top universities. They are expensive, so I know if I want to attend, I must earn the majority of my tuition from scholarships. This scholarship helps me get closer to my dream school. I believe it is important to have big goals and get there one step at a time. Thank you for bringing me closer!

Katharine (Katie) Sedlar, freshman

Mickle Middle School
Lincoln, NE


I am honored and thankful for the scholarship money I have been awarded. I want to thank you for recognizing me and contributing to my educational savings account. I enjoy science and reading. The medical field interests me. My parents and I have begun a savings account just for college so that I can start my advanced education. I always knew that I would go college. I just have to consider where I will go and what I need to do to get there.

First, I have to make good academic choices. I am already a conscientious student. I participate in activities like music, gymnastics, Girl Scouts, and National Junior Honor Society. The activities I do teach me how to work with others to reach a common goal.

Second, I have to think about putting money back for school. Thank you for helping me with this goal.

Brianna Lee Chambers, 7th grader

Moreland Ridge Middle School,
Blue Springs, MO


Currently, I am studying biology on the pre-med tract at American University. I plan to go on to medical school in order to pursue an MD and become a part of the Doctors without Border program in order to practice medicine in countries that are less fortunate than ours. I want to thank the United States Achievement Academy for this scholarship. I am grateful to receive the financial support, which gives me the opportunity to further my aspirations. It has also allowed me to believe that my hard work through high school has paid off and increases my strive to work just as hard, if not harder, throughout college and in the future. The scholarship will push me to accomplish my goals and through medicine, help those in need.

Brett Habermehl, senior

Shattuck-Saint Mary’s School
Faribault, MN


I just want to say a million times THANK YOU! I am so honored and flabbergasted
to be chosen as one of the recipients of the $100 cash grants! The day my family
and I looked at the computer screen, and found out that I was receiving a $100 cash grant we all about passed out. This was such a HUGE surprise, and I can barely describe it in words. I just want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

Ireland Burch, 6th grader

Sequatchie County Middle School
Dunlap, TN


I'm extremely honored and grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship. Participating in school and working hard is rewarding in and of itself, and having my efforts recognized by the Academy is even more encouragement to strive for excellence. Thank you again for the opportunity and the honor.

Hannah Fereshtehkhou, freshman

Indian Hill High School
Cincinnati, OH