Ralston student awarded QuestBridge Scholarship

Cody has always strived to be a role model for his younger brother. Growing up in a divorced household, Cody has always worked hard to make his family and those around him proud. However, this August his father passed due to brain cancer.

“It hit hard. It’s something I have always thought about and still think about, but I know I still want to do the things that he told me he wanted me to do, just make him proud. I try to do my best all the time and give 100 percent and not give up when things get hard,” Cody said.

This December, Cody swelled with pride as he was selected as one of 767 students to receive the QuestBridge College Match Scholarship! “I was shocked. I did not expect that at all. I was 100 percent ready to see that I had not been matched.”

In order to be matched with one of QuestBridge’s 38 partner colleges, students must go through an extensive application process. When selected, students are admitted with a guaranteed full, four-year scholarship, including tuition, room and board and other expenses.

“It’s a huge deal to become a finalist, not a lot of people even get through that phase. Typically you have to be in the top 10 percent of your class and have over a 27 ACT score,” said his College Possible coach Adrienne.

Exploring size versus distance, comparing and contrasting academics with student life, Cody was matched with Pomona College in Claremont, California

“I’m nervous leaving my entire family but excited to meet new people and experience things I would not have done if I stayed in Nebraska! Adrienne helped me a lot through it. I might not always show it but I definitely owe a lot to her.

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