Full Merit Scholarships earned by Two MVA Seniors

Montverde Academy proudly congratulates seniors, Matt Parks and Anselmis (AC) Columna, who were each awarded full scholarships to Berry University and Florida Southern College.
Matt Parks earned one of ten spots with the Gate of Opportunity Scholars Program at Berry College. According to Berry College, it is through a competitive process that the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship is offered to financially eligible students who will work hard – in the classroom and out. ‘Gate Scholars’ are students who are fully engaged in Berry’s Work Experience Program, gaining meaningful experiences while completing a four-year degree. Their program makes education affordable to eligible students while intentionally engaging them in meaningful personal growth through academics, work experience, stewardship, and professional development.
“I am humbled to receive this scholarship,” said Matt. “The majority of my time spent at Montverde Academy has been on stage with either the choir or theater department. Outside of school, I stayed as involved as possible with my church spending at least three days a week there giving back. There were 70 students interviewed for the Gate Scholarship, and every student I met also deserved the opportunity that I was given. I think the experiences I pursued and demonstrated involvement in my community helped me stand out to win the scholarship.”
Anselmis “AC” Columna has earned the prestigious George W. Jenkins Scholarship at Florida Southern College. The scholarship provides five academically talented students the opportunity to study at Florida Southern College (FSC) free of economic encumbrances. The scholarships, named and funded by the founder of Publix Super Markets, are intended to allow deserving students to complete a four-year college education without substantial economic hardship for themselves or their families.
AC, from Kissimmee, is in his first year at MVA. He and his parents decided to come to MVA for the strong academics and baseball opportunities. “My goal was to excel in the classroom to make the sacrifices my family has made for me count,” said AC. “If it wasn’t for MVA and my parents pushing me to apply early to multiply colleges, I don’t think I would have received the scholarship. I’m grateful and appreciative of the opportunity to attend a private college without the financial burden.” Although he unsure about his future as a member of the baseball team at FSC, he may try out for the team.
Congratulations to these two outstanding MVA students!