Liberty High School senior Kelgin Cheh has been chosen from hundreds of applicants to receive a prestigious scholarship from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) that will provide up to $40,000 in support during his undergraduate years.
Kelgin, who plans on studying engineering, will join a group of distinguished students that RIT believes has the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Kelgin believes that this scholarship has been years in the making. A three-sport scholar athlete and musician since the seventh grade, Kelgin says he feels extremely excited and proud that his work is paying off.
Realizing that today’s high school students have to face some serious obstacles when applying to college – such as finances and fierce competition – Kelgin explained the strategy behind his high school course selection.
“I wanted [RIT] to know I was a good applicant,” he said, reflecting on the times he’s eaten his lunch on the go to attend orchestra practice. “I wanted to work hard and prove that I was a well-rounded and highly capable student.”
Kelgin says he encourages his peers to take the time to apply for scholarships, despite “the added weight and stress of applying.”
“It’s worth it,” he said. “[Students] just have to breathe through it as they do it.”
College scholarships come in all shapes and sizes, but last year, over $3 billion in grant funds went unused. There are scholarships out there – even for those who may not qualify for merit, scholar or needs-based scholarships. Check out this short video to learn about the resources available for finding all sorts of scholarship opportunities.