Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School (MCNDHS) is an excellent second chance option for students who are over-aged and under-credited. Students are exposed to a plethora of rigorous courses, engaging extracurricular activities, and life changing social services that help support them in their quest to obtain a good quality secondary education and beyond. The proof is in the pudding as this academic school year, one of their students is a proud recipient of the highly competitive and prestigious, Posse Scholarship. The scholarship is a full-tuition, four-year scholarship worth over $100,000.
Ms. Gisell Martinez, the school’s parent coordinator, recently sat down with Aboubakar to get an idea for how excited he is about receiving the award and his future plan of study. With a big smile on his face and a high level of excitement in his voice, he proudly exclaimed that he’ll be headed to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut this Fall to pursue a degree in Engineering.
As a first generation college student, Aboubakar moved to the United States two years ago from the Ivory Coast of West Africa in pursuit of the American Dream. This dream was actualized as he landed firmly at MCNDHS and embraced with open arms, heart, and mind all the great things the school had to offer. He was initially introduced to the school by his older cousin who graduated from MCNDHS a few years prior. When asked what the scholarship meant to him he explained how it would allow him to further his education as well as provide a positive example for his younger siblings to follow. He expressed the need to emphasize through action to his siblings the importance of pursuing a higher education as a means to actualize one’s dreams.
Additionally, he mentioned, “I am very excited to start this journey as a college student and see how different it is from high school.” Aboubakar says that MCNDHS has not only helped him to develop the necessary skills to succeed academically, but also has encouraged and pushed him to dream big. In fact, he states that the entire school community makes it a priority to push all students towards their true potential. With a firm belief in this ideal he states with regard to the school, “Without your nomination and support, I wouldn’t be the recipient of this scholarship.”
MCNDHS would like to once again congratulate Aboubakar and his family on receiving the POSSE scholarship. The school believes, “He will accomplish a great number of things in the not so distant future. We are confident that he’ll represent himself, his family, and the entire school community well.”