Two East Boston High School seniors and star athletes got a surprise of a lifetime last Tuesday,
EBHS’s Kayla Elliott and Juliane Jorge both received full four-year scholarships from Curry College and Regis College respectively.
Elliott, a captain of the school’s volleyball team, and Jorge, a two-sport athlete that captains the volleyball team with Elliott as well as EBHS’s girls basketball team, were presented with the scholarships by representatives from Curry and Regis Colleges as well as members of the Scholar Athletes organization.
Both Elliott and Jorge are Eastie residents and members of EBHS’s Scholar Athletes Zone.
“We are very proud of these two young women and all that they have accomplished,” said Scholar Athletes Executive Director Daphne Griffin. “They both represent the best of Scholar Athletes and of the Boston Public Schools. They have truly earned these scholarships and this recognition.”
Elliott, who will attend Curry College in the fall, was presented with the scholarship by Curry’s Assistant Director of Admission Elizabeth Botieri Daphne and Admission Counselor George Garcia as well as Griffin.
“I’m really grateful for this opportunity,” said Elliott. “Receiving this scholarship was an honor. I’m really excited to use it to further my education.”
Elliott has earned a 5.2 cumulative GPA and plans to pursue a career in nursing. She is a member of the school’s National Honor Society and captain of her varsity softball team.
“Scholar Athletes who have matriculated at Curry College are exemplary students who make a profound impact on our community,” said Curry College President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr. “We are proud of our continued partnership with Scholar Athletes and value the work their organization is doing to support high school students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic success and leadership.”
Jorge, who will attend Regis College in the fall, was presented with her scholarship by Regis’s Director of Admissions Laura Bertonazii, EdD and Griffin.
“I couldn’t be more grateful,” said Jorge. “I am honored to have received this scholarship . Thank you to those who made it possible.”
Jorge has earned a 5.05 cumulative GPA is also a two-sport athlete and captains her volleyball and basketball teams. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.
“We’re excited to welcome Juliane to our beautiful campus and look forward to watching this talented young woman pursue her educational and athletic goals,” said Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “Scholar Athletes are an incredible program that helps students fulfill their dreams of going to college every year.”
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang said both Elliott and Jorge worked incredibly hard to earn this accomplishment.
“Their success in the classroom and in athletics prove what is possible when young people are supported by caring adults,” said Chang. “We are fortunate to have organizations like Scholar Athletes as partners in this important work.”
Scholar Athletes, the non-profit that facilitated the scholarships, has 23 high school Zones (dedicated classroom spaces) across Massachusetts staffed with full time program staff who work with student athletes on academics, college planning, and health and wellness. Each year Scholar Athletes nominates student Zone members to receive the scholarships from partner colleges and universities. Since its inception in 2009 the organization has facilitated more than $4.2 million in college scholarships for Zone members.
Elliott and Jorge applied for the scholarships and were recommended by staff at Scholar Athletes based on academic performance, Zone participation, and financial need.