HUNTERSVILLE – A Hopewell High School senior with a track record of academic success in the school’s Cambridge International Program and proven leadership skills with Hopewell’s Army Junior ROTC has earned a scholarship to one of the South’s most prestigious universities.

Marshall Miles, who has maintained an impressive grade-point average in the Cambridge program and serves as the Cadet Battalion Commander in Hopewell’s JROTC, has been awarded a QuestBridge “full ride” scholarship to attend Emory University in Atlanta.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Shawn Cowley, senior instructor of Hopewell’s JRTOC, shared the news about Miles’ achievement, adding Miles “made an incredibly tough cut to achieve this” and that the school’s JROTC program and the entire Hopewell family “are so proud of Marshall.”

The four-year scholarship is valued at approximately $250,000, covering tuition and basic expenses at Emory, which US News and World Reportranked as the 21st best university in the country last year. The scholarship adds to Miles’ high school achievements following a year in which he was one of only 30 students in the country selected to serve as a U.S. Senate page, working in the office of Sen. Thom Tillis.

Miles is one of 1,044 high school seniors awarded full college scholarships through the QuestBridge national program, which connects high-achieving, low-income high school seniors with full scholarships to the nation’s top colleges.

After receiving a record high 16,248 applicants, QuestBridge selected 6,507 finalists for consideration for College Match scholarships. Of these finalists, 1,044 students hailing from 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were selected as this year’s recipients.

The scholarship program is highly competitive drawing applications from students across the country. This year’s recipients had an average unweighted GPA of 3.93. On standardized testing, the middle 50 percent received between 1360-1500 on the SAT and between 29-33 on the ACT. More than 94 percent are within the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

Financially, median household income for recipients is $32,491. The majority of new QuestBridge Scholars – 77 percent – are also among the first generation in their families to attend a four-year U.S. college.

The aims of the QuestBridge program are to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.

QuestBridge designs and builds programs for talented low-income students to access and navigate exceptional educational and life opportunities and recruits, develops, and supports motivated low-income students – beginning in high school through college to their early career – to be successful at America's best colleges, graduate schools and companies.

The organization’s research indicates approximately 30,000 talented low-income students nationally are academically qualified to attend the nation’s best colleges, but the majority of them don’t even apply to one selective college. That creates an abundant field of top low-income students to match with full-need scholarships top American colleges provide.

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