28 May 2015
- By Junhan B. Todiño - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
A YOUTH volunteer in various community and non-profit organizations has been named as one of the 9,000 recipients of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship.
Jacklyn Garote, a senior at Marianas High School, will received a one-time scholarship of $2,500 for her college expenses in 2015-2016.
“Your personal achievements and commitment to serving your community are exceptional. We are excited to count you as a member of the 11th class of APIASF scholars,” APIASF scholarship director Cecilia Marshall said in her congratulatory message to Garote.
In an interview, Garote said the hard work and success of others, including previous scholarship recipients, inspired her.
“They helped me see the value and importance of getting a college education. With the rising cost of books, tuition and other expenses, this scholarship will help me . . .reach my dream of getting a college degree and landing a career in my dream profession.”
Garote will major in psychology.
“I am fascinated by the workings of the human mind and behavior, and I’m intrigued by psychological facts, theories and experiments.”
Her current AP psychology class also influenced her choice.
“I want to help diagnose, treat, and counsel those who are suffering from psychological ailments,” she said.
The first official scholarship award she received was the Questbridge College Prep Scholar Scholarship, which is awarded to high school juniors nationwide.
That scholarship gives “outstanding low-income high school juniors an early advantage in college admissions.”
“They also help students gain an insight for future college applications,” she said.
When she was first informed about the APIASF scholarship, Garote said she was doubtful.
“I guess it came with being a student who didn’t want to have high expectations. I want to remain optimistic, but never too hopeful. Trials in life have taught me to avoid ‘getting my hopes up,’ but always work hard, be positive, and stay determined in everything I do.”
Garote is trying to maintain a grade point average above 3.5 with the current AP classes she is taking.
As a senior, she is the treasurer of Marianas High School’s Conservation Action Plan Committee, vice president of the Marianas High School chapter of the National Honor Society, and the president of the Youth Advisory Panel.
She is also a youth volunteer in various organizations such as the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Ayuda Network, and the Division of Youth Services.