Myers gets scholarship through QuestBridge and plans to attend Grinnell College | Education

Thomas Jefferson High School senior Kandice Myers received a College Match scholarship through QuestBridge for Grinnell College.

She is one of two of only six Thomas Jefferson students in Iowa to have won QuestBridge scholarships this year. The other is Mia Richardson, who was featured in Friday’s Nonpareil.

The awards are full four-year scholarships worth up to $300,000 that can be used for tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and travel expenses . Myers will have to contribute $2,500 each year from work-study or summer employment or personal savings, she said.

Myers said she found out about the program from Spencer Mathews, the school district’s Early College Academy coordinator at Iowa Western Community College, and decided to apply. She attended Early College Academy and will be graduating from Thomas Jefferson this spring with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in general studies.

“I knew it was a good idea to start your college education two years early,” she said. “A lot of my teachers have been really supportive. I wanted to go to college and needed a better way to afford it. I was really afraid of accumulating huge debts.

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“I’m incredibly proud of Kandice,” Mathews said. “She is an excellent student and a very kind and caring person who will make the most of this fantastic opportunity.”

Myers began by focusing on health sciences and took courses in biology and other related courses.

“I think I wanted to do this more for the money motivation,” she said.

Myers decided library science was what she wanted to study, so she turned to an associate’s degree in general studies, taking British literature, African-American history, multicultural history, and art. / design.

“I just thought it would be a lot better,” she said. “I didn’t want to pursue work that I didn’t think would be fun to do.”

Applying for the QuestBridge scholarship was quite complicated. This included filling out an application and financial aid form, writing essays, getting references, and sending in her transcripts. Grinnell was his first preference.

“I did some research and Grinnell has one of the best library science programs,” she said.

Myers has had an interest in reading and writing at least since middle school. There she was in a writing club where students wrote poetry and short plays and shared them among themselves.

“Writing has always been one of my favorite activities,” she said.

Myers also volunteered at the Council Bluffs Public Library and learned how a library works.

At TJ, Myers was a member of the National Honor Society, a choir, a show choir, and a jazz choir. She currently has a 4.21 GPA.

TJ has a good vibe and is a good learning environment, Myers said.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a teacher who didn’t respect me as a person,” she said. “I always had a lot of help until college, especially from (TAG teacher Lizzie Busch).”

Myers visited Grinnell a few months ago and plans to return this spring.

“I’ve never lived outside of my home, but I think Grinnell is a perfect place to start my independence,” she said.

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