Smithfield-Selma High School Scholarship Semi-Finalists

Left to right: Leyla Anthony, Kyra Worth, Mia Calloway, and Michelle Chen.

Four Smithfield-Selma High School students are all semi-finalists for the Big 6 Scholarships and much more. They have each worked very hard in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Smithfield-Selma High to earn top grades, explore creative avenues and serve the community.

Leyla Anthony is an aspiring fashion designer. She is a semi-finalist for the NC A&T Cheatham White Scholarship, which is a full ride scholarship. She also received the Meredith Impact Scholarship, which offers $23,000 annually, if she decides to attend. Leyla has been accepted into High Point University with an invitation to the Innovation Summit, UNC- G, Meredith and NC A&T. Leyla is submitting her art portfolio to Drexel University, Moore College of Art and Design and Parsons School of Design.

Kyra Worth is an aspiring social worker. She is a semi-finalist for the Park Scholarship which offers a full ride to NC State, as well as money for international travel, support systems and special housing. She has been accepted to NC State, UNC- Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro.

Mia Calloway is an aspiring lawyer, who will major in sociology. They are a semi-finalist for the NC A&T Cheatham White Scholarship and the UNCC Levine Scholarship. They have been accepted to Hofstra University with the Chancellor’s scholarship worth $32,000 annually, Pace University with the Presidential scholarship worth $28,000 annually, NC A&T, UNCC and Appalachian State University.

Michelle Chen is an aspiring Clinical Manager working to eliminate ethical dilemmas for patients from marginalized backgrounds. She is a semi-finalist for the UNC Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Shortly after receiving this recognition, Michelle received notice that she was accepted Early Decision into the University of Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s 8 Ivy League Schools. She is one of 7% of students accepted into their prestigious Wharton School of Business. While Michelle will no longer continue in the Morehead-Cain process since she is bound to attend UPenn, she remains a semi-finalist for the National Coca-Cola Scholarship, as it is not a University specific scholarship.  In addition to UPenn, Michelle has been accepted to Clemson University, Wingate University and Arizona State University. Additionally, Michelle was chosen as the Johnston County Presidential Scholar representative.

The Big 6 Scholarships are six full-ride scholarships from the following institutions: Morehead-Cain at UNC-Chapel Hill, Park at NC State, Levine at UNC-Charlotte, Belk & Bryan at Davidson College, and Cheatham-White at NC A&T and NCCU.

The scholarships cover the students’ tuition, fees, room & board, travel, books and supplies as well as optional grant funding for professional and personal enrichment achievements (summer abroad, research projects, service activities, etc).


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