While many teens are anxiously anticipating college acceptances (and rejections), several of Mark Keppel’s seniors have already been considered for scholarship money. A few of the students who have received offers of significant sums include Chaney Tse, Yida Wang, Annette Cai, Julian Chan, and Vincent Lin.
Academic decathalon A-Team member Annette Cai has been offered scholarship money to attend University of California Riverside and University of California Santa Barbara. Cai says that she is really happy to receive them but doesn’t think that “the amount of money you get for scholarship and the college you attend does not validate all of your hard work.” Cai believes that “getting good grades is really important, but you need to find something you’re passionate about.” Although Cai had humbly anticipated an offer from UCR, her reaction to a scholarship offer from UCSB was quite the opposite. “I was really surprised because one of my friends received a scholarship offer from UCSB last year, and she was really smart.”
Varsity and CIF swimmer Yida Wang has been granted a sum courtesy of the Regent Scholarship to attend University of California San Diego. Contrary to the opinion of many, Wang modestly states that “it’s not that big of a deal.” Wang believes she may have been offered scholarship money because of her statistics were above par compared to other applicants to UCSD. Although Wang has received a good offer, receiving the scholarship money does not make her more inclined to attend the school. Wang has had her eyes set on Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has since been accepted. Her piece of advice for future college applicants is to “pretend like you don’t hate standardized testing until it’s done.”
Speech and debate captain Vincent Lin has been offered a significant amount of need-based financial aid from Williams College. “The scholarship benefits me because I don’t have to work as much in college,” says Lin. With his college tuition to a top-tier liberal arts school reduced to approximately $3,000 a year, Lin clearly impressed the school. Lin states that in his acceptance letter, the admissions officers thanked him for “a fun application.” “If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right,” says the prospective Williams College freshman. “For me, I made self-deprecating sexual innuendos in my essay. That’s why I think I got in.”
While the applications of Keppel’s scholarship-offered students vary with each individual, they all have two characteristics in common: intelligence and individuality.