Loudoun Laurels Information Session Featured College Advice from LCPS and CAMPUS Alums


Earlier this month, Loudoun Laurels Foundation hosted a scholarship information night for students of CAMPUS (College Achievement & Multicultural Program for Unique Students). CAMPUS is an academic and college preparation program that assists more than 600 LCPS students in grades 9 to 12, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. 

Loudoun Laurels, a local nonprofit providing mentoring support and scholarships to LCPS students from historically under-served populations, supports CAMPUS and AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) students annually, awarding a $10,000 scholarship to two students from these programs. This scholarship is renewable for four years, as long as the recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA, to cover tuition and fees leading to an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in Virginia.

“In 2013, we realized that there was more our organization could do to help grow the next generation of leaders for Loudoun County. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to develop this scholarship for students in either CAMPUS or AVID program,” said Elaine Attridge, vice chair of Loudoun Laurels Scholarship Recipient Selection Committee.

“This program is near and dear to my heart,” said Dr. Edgar Hattrick, former LCPS superintendent and, along with Attridge, vice chair of Loudoun Laurels Scholarship Recipient Selection Committee. “When we started this scholarship program, we knew we had to offer a significant scholarship because we were looking for significant people. What we are looking for is undiscovered talent. I can tell you that we have selected many scholars over the years, and they have all been diamonds. They have made us very proud.” 

In addition to outlining the scholarship and application process, three LCPS and CAMPUS alumni and Loudoun Laurel scholarship winners answered questions about their college and CAMPUS experiences.  

The panelists provided advice to CAMPUS students to make the transition to college easier. 

 

Shahrozia Imtiaz, a 2014 Loudoun County High School graduate, attended Northern Virginia Community College for two years and then transferred to the University of Virginia. Imtiaz said she found UVA classes challenging and had to find new study methods. Her advice was for the student not to be afraid to fail. 

 

“Don’t feel you have to be successful 100 percent of the time,” Imtiaz said. “Failure is a part of life. What matters is how you cope with that failure. Whether you succumb to that failure or if you continue pursuing your goal and build resilience. This resilience will help you throughout life achieve your goals.” Imtiaz is now applying to medical schools. 

 

Sumeet Saini, who graduated in 2016 from Briar Woods, attended Christopher Newport and is now working for the Arlington County Economic Development Office, said that developing healthy and balanced routines is essential for college success. "Freshman year of college is a little overwhelming in many ways. Establishing a healthy routine early will help set you up for success. It's also important to make friends and connections because you'll need support; you'll need people to lean on and learn from both life experiences and academic experiences." 

 

The panelists  also shared tips for completing the Loudoun Laurel’s scholarship application.

 

Wendi Ramirez, a 2021 Park View graduate and current George Mason University student, said the key to a successful application is to tell about yourself, your challenges and triumphs, and to tell that story well. “As you plan to complete the application, ask yourself, ‘What is your story?’ You want the application review committee to know you through this application. Writing your application is more than just answering questions; it's about telling your story.”

 

The panelists encouraged applicants to have a teacher or advisor review the application. 

“Use the resources available to you to your advantage because that can go a long way in crafting a great application,” said Imitiaz.

 

The Loudoun Laurels scholarship application is due April 1. The application is open to all 12th-grade CAMPUS and AVID students. The 2023 Loudoun Laurels scholarship winners will be announced at the CAMPUS graduate celebration. The Loudoun Laurels scholarship application can be found on the CAMPUS website. 

 

Facebook: Loudoun Laurel Foundation kicked off its annual scholarship process with an information night that featured LCPS alums who participated in CAMPUS and were previously awarded Loudoun Laurels scholarships. CAMPUS is an academic and college preparation program that assists LCPS students, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. Every year Loudoun Laurels awards a $10,000 scholarship to LCPS CAMPUS or AVID students; the scholarship is renewable for four years as long as the student maintains a 2.5 GPA at an accredited Virginia college or university. 

 

Twitter: Loudoun Laurel Foundation (tag) kicked off its annual scholarship process with an information night that featured LCPS alums who participated in CAMPUS (tag) and were previously awarded Loudoun Laurels scholarships.





Published February 23, 2023