|High school senior wins ACT Scholarship Giveaway|
|Wednesday, November 13, 2019|
Students aren’t allowed to talk during the ACT test, but Pattonville High School senior Gavin Alicea was still speechless when he received a call on Monday from the nonprofit organization to let him know that he won a scholarship giveaway and was awarded both a $15,000 scholarship and a $5,000 technology package to celebrate ACT’s national test dates.
“I was in iLearn and I was getting ready to take a quiz in Algebra 3 which I was not excited about and [college and career counselor Ms. Michelle Luraschi] called me down here,” Alicea said. “I thought it was just a meeting with her to talk about what college I wanted to go to, but she's on the phone and then she puts it on speakerphone and I'm just listening because I thought it was her own business. Then they started talking to me and told me I won a $15,000 scholarship to any college I want to go to. I’m speechless, I’m just so happy.”
He’s never won anything like this in his life.
“I’ve never won a scholarship before,” he said. “I’ve never won any raffle before, and to think it’s out of 400,000 students too? Wow, this is such a surprise. I’m just blessed and very grateful.”
A total of 14 students will be awarded both prizes during the 2019-2020 school year, and to be eligible to win, students must be a sophomore, junior or senior in high school. Students who register to take the ACT on a national test date beginning with the October test will automatically be registered for the drawing.
Luraschi was notified last week that Alicea’s name was randomly drawn.
“When I got the email, I was like this is a joke,” Luraschi said. “I actually went to the ACT website to find out more about the giveaway because I didn’t think it was real.”
The scholarship money may be used at any Title IV-eligible postsecondary institution in the US. The technology package includes a laptop computer, tablet, monitor, keyboard, mouse and other accessories and software, as well as a cash gift card to help fund any other technology or software needs as the winners prepare for life after high school.
He hasn’t even checked his ACT score from the test yet and Alicea said he has no plans to do it now. Let’s just say he scored a 15,000 on it.
“A perfect score.”
More details are available on ACT’s website: www.act.org/scholarshipgiveaway