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Edison Student Receives a Four Year Scholarship to the University of St. Thomas
Thursday, March 06, 2014 12:50 PM

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Lucillia Newton has been awarded the University of St. Thomas’s Dease Scholarship, a four year renewable scholarship that covers the full cost of tuition. Lucillia received this scholarship based on strong letters of recommendation, academic credentials, and community service.

Several programs at Edison contributed to Newton’s success in receiving a scholarship to University of St. Thomas. This brings her one step closer to achieve her post-secondary aspiration of earning a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  Newton is a candidate of the International Baccalaureate Medallion program, a very rigorous college preparatory program that requires students to take courses to meet graduation requirements, coursework and examinations in three IB subjects, complete the Theory of Knowledge course, and 75 hours of Creativity-Action-Service (CAS).

Edison students have access to several post-secondary resources that help prepare them for the application process: placement tests, scholarship applications and interviews. “Working with College Possible, Career and College Center and being a part of the Voyager business leadership program has prepared me for the college/scholarship application process,” said Newton. She contributes her success to “the teachers at Edison for they really do care for you as a person and are always there to help you reach your goals.” said Newton.

In addition to the academic and college preparatory programs, Newton serves as the President to the Jefferson Award program’s “Students in Action” which provides students with volunteer/leadership training. This year, she organized a food/clothing drive and has also volunteered with the Northeast Chamber of Commerce Weed it & Reap, a clean-up northeast program.

Newton has a wide variety of interests and has served on the prom committee, played badminton and was captain of the Debate team during her sophomore year. Recently, she was asked to read to students in Edison’s Developmental Cognitive Disabilities program to help improve their reading skills.  

When asked what advice she would give new students at Edison she responded, “join school activities and take the college preparatory programs Edison has to offer seriously.”