Senior Jose Sarmiento will be awarded $25,000 college scholarship
Senior Jose Sarmiento received a $25,000 college scholarship from the Chris Cooley Education Fund, a charitable organization that awarded eight low-income students from area high schools scholarship money to put towards higher education. Cooley, a Redskins tight end and founder of the organization, will honor the recipients at a June 9 ceremony held in Washington, D.C. from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sarmiento was selected from a pool of about 75 applicants, according to Blair College and Career Information Coordinator Lori Kearney. "The applications were sent to an organization in Washington state, where they did the processing and selected 10 of the best applications from each school," she said. "Chris Cooley read through the final 10 and selected the winner." Cooley chose the winners after evaluating the contents of each application, which included a school transcript, recommendation letters and an essay describing why the student felt that he or she deserved the scholarship money.
Sarmiento believes that his positions as Associate Producer for Blair Network Communications (BNC) and Editor-in-Chief of the Spanish Page for Silver Chips Print and Online, involvement in clubs such as the National Honors Society and the Spanish Honors Society and participation in Blair's varsity soccer and lacrosse teams gave him an edge over other Blair applicants. He moved to the U.S. in 2004, learned English within a year and took honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes as soon as he enrolled in high school.
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