HYATTSVILLE — Two Prince George’s County high school students are looking at bright futures after receiving more than $1 million in scholarship offers to various schools. Rashad Glascoe of Central High School in Capitol Heights and Katherine Medina of Oxon Hill High School were both awarded multiple scholarships totaling more than $1 million. Nearly 60 […]
HYATTSVILLE — Two Prince George’s County high school students are looking at bright futures after receiving more than $1 million in scholarship offers to various schools.
Rashad Glascoe of Central High School in Capitol Heights and Katherine Medina of Oxon Hill High School were both awarded multiple scholarships totaling more than $1 million. Nearly 60 different universities and colleges offered Glascoe, who lives in Hyattsville, $2 million. Medina, from Temple Hills, received offers totaling $1.5 million from the 25 schools she applied. While neither can use the total sums to any single school both expect the scholarships to assist them on their paths to success.
Glascoe graduated in May with a 4.1 grade-point average, in the top 5 percent of his class and as a distinguished student athlete in both basketball and football, a science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) program coordinator and an International Baccalaureate.
He will attend Hampton University in the fall of 2015, he said, because of the university’s enriching environment as a historically black college, the vibrant student body and its five-year masters in business administration program.
“If I follow the course schedule plan, in five years I can come out of Hampton and test for my (certified public accounting license) and become a certified accountant,” he said.
Glascoe earned scholarships through the Hall-Martin Legacy Foundation, the Fortune Foundation, his high school and a four-year $25,000 scholarship to Hampton University.
“I’ll get it for four years, so my fifth year of college I’ll have to figure out how to pay that myself but until then it’s a pretty good deal,” Glascoe said.
Medina, the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Scholar of the Year, graduated with a 4.08 GPA and in the top 3rd of her class. She will attend the University of Maryland in the fall with a full ride scholarship where she plans to major in accounting through the business scholars program.
Medina participated in volleyball and tennis in high school, presiding as tennis captain her junior year. She also held positions as the National Honors Society president, the math honors society treasurer, and the Filipino American Youth Associate vice president. She interned with NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt where she researched the difference in efficiency of turbine blade designs.
Medina attributes much of her success to her hard work, help from her high school teachers and counselors and her supportive family.
“We’re very family oriented,” Medina said. “I always thought all families were like that, but once I started talking to my friends I realized that I was lucky to have a family that was so close.”
Medina’s mom Agnus said she raised her children to know the importance of an education.
“My mom, she never went to high school. So working with and seeing my mom, that never had time for me and my brother and sister, it really pushed me that I never want that to happen to my kids,” Agnus said.
As for Glascoe, his mother Lise said she attributes her son’s success to his self-motivation and a well-rounded character.
“From kindergarten he has always learned to be excellent. He’s always had the drive and goal and ambition,” she said. “He’s been the top of his class, the top of everything. Whatever he sets his mind to, he achieves.”
Lise said her son is conscious of his family’s needs and costs.
“The money concern was his,” she said “He is a really decent, kind and honest person and he was really worried about money. We didn’t say anything to him about ‘how are we going to pay for college’.”
Glascoe applied to numerous scholarships but did not think he would get such a large response.
“I really didn’t, but I kept saying that if somebody can get it, that somebody could be me. And as you can see, it did pay off, because we’ve applied to hundreds and hundreds of scholarships and it just happens to be that we get these three,” he said.
Medina said all her scholarships stemmed from early application, merit-based awards.
“Most of the money that I received was from applying early action, which is when they automatically consider you for scholarships and since I applied to 25 schools, all early action, I was able to be considered for 25 different scholarships,” Katherine said.
Katherine’s mother said the process provided a crazy atmosphere in the home with long hours, and a busy schedule due to Katherine tutoring before school, holding an internship and her after school club involvement.
“We’d always go home late because of her” her mother said. “Even on the weekends she was doing volunteers”
Despite Katherine’s determination, she feared rejection from colleges.
“I actually didn’t think I was going to get into the University of Maryland, but then I ended up getting a full ride, that was pretty cool,” Katherine said.
Though initially UMD did not interest Katherine, she accepted her admission.
“I just wanted to go to the school that would give me the most money and originally I didn’t want to go to Maryland because I thought it was such a huge school and I thought it would be too overwhelming for me,” she said. “I didn’t really even think of applying there, but I was forced to, but I’m glad I did, because I’m going there now.”
Glascoe’s plans for the future include graduate school and a career as a business lawyer. He and his mother said he plans to continue applying for scholarships.
“We will, for the foreseeable future and even into grad school… until he gets his law degrees we will be trying to do the scholarship thing,” Lise said.