Ashleandra Opoku Named Semifinalist in NYTimes Scholarship Program

Ashleandra Opoku Named Semifinalist in NYTimes Scholarship Program

Congratulations to mentee Ashleandra Opoku, who was named a semifinalist in the New York Times College Scholarship Program. Ashleandra, a senior at Michael J. Petrides School in Staten Island, was one of only 150 semifinalists chosen from a pool of more than 1,500 applicants. The candidates hail from all five boroughs of New York.

The New York Times College Scholarship Program was established in 1998 to support academically talented New York City high school seniors who have faced significant economic hardships. Last year, eight scholars were chosen to receive $7,500 for each year of college, a laptop computer, summer jobs and internships at the New York Times, and mentoring before and during college.

In January, Ashleandra will submit an extensive follow-up application that includes three additional essays and two letters of recommendation. She will find out if she advances to finalist status in February. Please wish her good luck!