GCA student named 2020 QuestBridge scholar

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GRACE Christian Academy student Elijah Joshua Pajarilla has been selected as a 2020 QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program recipient.

Pajarilla, an incoming senior at GCA, is one of 3,779 students selected from a pool of over 12,600 high school juniors.

Students are selected based on their academic excellence, personal qualities, and financial need.

Elijah Joshua Pajarilla

“As a College Prep Scholar, you will be recognized as a strong potential applicant by our 42 college partners — a distinction that will help you stand out even more in the upcoming admissions process,” QuestBridge stated in a letter to Pajarilla.

As a College Prep Scholar, Pajarilla has been invited to the National College Admissions Conference.

“At this year’s online events, QuestBridge staff and admissions officers will provide you with in-depth admissions and financial aid knowledge to prepare you to apply to top colleges,” QuestBridge stated.

He will also have the opportunity to participate in a virtual college fair to interact directly with admissions officers from QuestBridge college partners.

Through its programs, QuestBridge said it connects the nation’s brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities.

GCA principal Beth Ann Nunez said they are proud of Pajarilla’s accomplishment.

“He is not the first student to receive a QuestBridge scholarship, but he is the first one to be named a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar,” Nunez told Variety.

If not for the Covid-19 pandemic, Nunez said Pajarilla would have been attending a college summer program at a prestigious university such as Stanford, Yale or Notre Dame on a full scholarship.

“Joshua is one of the most diligent students I have met in my career. He is a deep thinker with a wide range of interests and a thirst to learn,” Nunez added.

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