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Prescott student receives National College Match Scholarship

Carson Stenroos

Prescott High School senior Carson Stenroos received an impressive gift in December. After a flurry of research and a grueling submission process in this season of college and scholarship applications, his hard work truly paid off. Stenroos recently learned that he received a National College Match Scholarship through QuestBridge for his top college choice, Davidson College in North Carolina.

The QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship is a competitive nationwide award based on high academic achievement and financial qualifications. In 2018, 6,507 finalists were chosen from over 16,000 applicants. Typical finalists rank in the top 5 to 10 percent of their class and are among the first generation in their family to attend college.

This year, 1,044 finalists were selected as College Match Scholarship recipients at the 40 college partners, with a total of 15 students matched to Davidson. This full four-year college scholarship provides a loan-free opportunity to eligible recipients, including tuition, books, room, and board.

"We are very proud of Carson's accomplishments and this award is truly an opportunity for his continued success," said his mom, Tina.

Stenroos' application process started in March when he earned a College Prep Scholar Award. He was one of approximately 4,000 chosen from 11,600 applicants for that award, which earned him an invitation to attend a National College Admissions Conference at Yale University on July 1. There he learned about the application process for the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship and had the opportunity to visit with representatives from all 40 partner schools.

On the way home from Yale, Stenroos' family recognized the incredible opportunity through the scholarship and made a couple of detours to visit the University of Virginia, Duke in North Carolina, Vanderbilt in Tennessee, University of Washington St. Louis, Grinnell in Iowa and Carleton in Minnesota.

Stenroos worked on his application diligently for almost three months and submitted it at the end of September. As a finalist in October, he could rank up to 12 schools for application consideration. He included all of the schools from his road trip, plus Macalester in Minnesota and Colorado College. Required supplemental essays and other documents were submitted by November.

Finalists are only notified of the school highest in their ranking that offers them the scholarship. The exciting news came on Dec. 3 when Stenroos learned he was accepted and received a scholarship to his number one ranked Davidson College in North Carolina.

Before the winter break, Stenroos was recognized by School Counselor Steve Peterson as part of a high school assembly.

"This scholarship award is a reflection on the importance of diligence, responsibility, and hard work that really paid off for Carson," said Peterson.

"We are very proud of this outcome for a Prescott student," added Principal Josh Fiege.

Along with Stenroos' academic strength, he participates in football, basketball and baseball. He serves as Student Council President, works a part-time job and enjoys spending time with his grandpa hunting deer and bear in northern Wisconsin.

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