YWLA Celebrates 100% College Acceptance
Reposted from YWLA Foundation
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (May 24, 2018) — Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth (YWLA) celebrated its class of 2018 as each young woman revealed her college of choice during the signing day pep rally this morning. Mayor Betsy Price congratulated the 36 seniors and extended support from the Fort Worth community as each student received well-deserved recognition. The YWLA class of 2018 — of which 85 percent are first-generation college students — was awarded a total of $10.2 million in merit scholarships and grants, the most of any class to graduate from YWLA.
“I’ve watched these seniors as they’ve balanced their studies, community service and even jobs,” said YWLA Foundation’s Executive Director, Courtney Kimberling Radcliffe. “I’ve seen them wrestle with college choices and sometimes difficult discussions to leave the comforts of home for education. And through it all, I’ve seen their leadership and character shine. It’s been a wonderful day of celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2018.”
The graduating seniors will soon represent YWLA in college in the fall as they attend the following schools: The University of Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas San Antonio, University of Dallas, University of North Texas, University of North Texas – Dallas, University of Houston – Downtown, Texas Christian University, Austin College, Midwestern State University, Prairie View A&M University, St. Edwards University, Tarleton State University and Loyola Marymount University. Following signing day, the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth (FYWLA) hosted a luncheon to thank sponsors and donors. At the luncheon, a graduating senior was awarded the Cathy Hirt Leadership Award, a $1,000 scholarship given to a student who exemplifies true leadership.
Through FWLA’s fundraising efforts and contributions, the Class of 2018 Senior Signing Day was a successful send-off to the college bound YWLA seniors. For more information, please visit the YWLA and FYWLA websites. About Young Women’s Leadership Academy Girls in grades 6 through 12 engage in a challenging STEAM-focused curriculum that emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Career strands include bio-mechanical engineering and integrated digital media and animation. Accelerated coursework, field-based exploration and personalized academic and college counseling support smooth transitions from middle school to high school, and beyond to college and career.
About Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy
We support the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a single-gender public school in the Fort Worth Independent School District. Our purpose is to provide funding for programs that enhance academic achievement and offer leadership opportunities that promote the success of every student in college, career and life.