Seniors look ahead to post grad plans

Heritage High School counseling department presents first generation scholarship to award winners through google hangouts with a special performance to congratulate them. Image courtesy of Mary Abbott.

College and post graduation plans loom in the seniors’ futures. Even though current circumstances have had disappointing outcomes, seniors look forward to their futures. Choosing classes and housing for college has kept them busy along with their remote learning schedules. 

   There are a variety of different opportunities seniors can choose as they decide what is next after high school. Most take the traditional route in a four or two year university. Eighty three percent of seniors have chosen to take the college route, according to Mrs. Joni Lieb, coordinator of the Post Grad Center.

   This isn’t the only pathway though. Twelve students will be going into the military. Fourteen students have chosen to take a gap year and another fourteen will be entering the workforce, at the time of publication. 

   This information is provided by a google survey that Mrs. Lieb offers towards the end of the school year. If students have not yet completed this survey they can fill out the form at Bit.ly/HHS2020GraduationSurvey or email their post graduation plans to Mrs. Lieb. 

  Heritage offers many scholarships to help students in their post grad plans. One of those scholarship opportunities is Patrons for Academic Excellence. PAE recognizes those who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above and awards scholarships to seniors who qualify. Those seniors are Alexander T., Gabrielle O., John C., Benjamin G., Mila K., Miranda P. and Ava W. 

   “It excites me that I’m able to buy materials and a laptop that I will be able to use on a daily basis to be successful. It’ll keep me organized especially with the possibility of online school in the fall. I’m excited to use all of the opportunities given and make the most out of the next step in my life,” says Ava W. ’20.

   Heritage’s First Generation program joins with the PTO board and offers scholarships for students who are the first to attend college in their family. Those seniors this year are Floren K., Lulu Z., Jennifer F. D. and Raelee W.

   The Danny Dietz Scholarship of Honor recognizes those who are pursuing a career that falls under community service like the military, a teacher, nurse etc. This scholarship is a high honor and Gabriella G. M. has been awarded it. 

   “It’s going to help me pay for college which I am so grateful for. CSU has an amazing biomedical program and this scholarship is giving me the opportunity to pursue the career I want with the best education possible,” says Gaby.

   A local scholarship that is offered is the Kiwanis Club of Columbine Foundation, Community Service Award. Megan D. and Will M. were offered this scholarship. 

   Heritage also has a Daniel’s Fund Scholar, Issac T. The Daniels Fund is a competitive scholarship and has many applicants across four states.

   Heritage has given many opportunities to students to pursue their post grad plans and given them the resources they need to be successful. Many students have also applied for outside scholarships. The senior class has been resilient to the adversity thrown their way and have found reason to push forward. The senior class has been offered over 14.5 million dollars in scholarships. Congratulations Class of 2020. 

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