Seniors receive College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Seniors receive College Board Opportunity Scholarships


Six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) seniors in the Class of 2020 are finalists in the College Board’s Opportunity Scholarship program. Students who participate in the program complete six college planning actions using the College Board website, such as creating a list of colleges to research and taking a practice SAT exam. Students opt-in to participate during their junior year of high school and create a College Board profile online.

Students are honored with awards for completing actions in one of six focal areas: build, practice, improve, strengthen, complete and apply. The following students were honored with one-time College Board scholarships.

  • Helena Caaya, St. Charles High School, practice category, $1,000;
  • Mya Cantillano, Westlake High School, practice category, $1,000;
  • Damia Carter, St. Charles, build category, $500;
  • Eric Fotang, North Point High School, improve category, $2,000;
  • Angelo Jackson, Thomas Stone High School, complete category, $1,000; and
  • Valencia Nwanwa, North Point, apply category, $1,000.

Students honored with a build award use their College Board profile to build lists of colleges and universities they would like to research. Students must add at least six prospective colleges or universities to their profile list. The practice award recognizes students who complete the official SAT practice exam on Khan Academy. Students who improve an SAT score are recognized with the improve award.

Scholarships in the strengthen category honor students who include colleges on their research list in which their SAT/ACT score is lower than, equal to or higher than the average freshman applicant. The complete category recognizes students who complete the free application for federal student aid, known as the FAFSA. The apply category honors students who apply to the colleges and universities listed in their College Board profile.

Students who complete all six actions steps in their College Board profile are eligible to receive one of 25 awarded $40,000 scholarships. Scholarships are one-time payments provided directly by the College Board to the recipient’s college of acceptance.

The program was created to motivate students and provide tools to help simplify the college planning process.  Students interested in the College Board Opportunity Scholarship program can visit https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/home for more information.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. 

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