STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
MARBLE FALLS — When Marble Falls High School senior Mya McMillian learned she was selected for a $25,000 Horatio Alger National Scholarship, she took it as confirmation of what she always believed.
“No matter where you grow up, you can achieve great things,” she said. “I accomplished my dreams.”
McMillian is one of 106 high school seniors in the nation to receive a scholarship from the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program. She plans to attend the program’s National Scholars Conference on April 5-7 in Washington, D.C., where she can participate in college-preparedness and other educational sessions as well as meet other recipients.
The scholarship program recognizes outstanding students, who, in the face of great personal adversity, have exhibited an unwavering commitment to pursue their dreams through higher education.
It’s already been a remarkable senior year for McMillian.
In November, she signed a National Letter of Intent in November to play basketball for Liberty University, which includes an athletic scholarship.
In addition to answering questions for the application, McMillian had to write two essays, including one that explained how the student’s background affected her life. She credited Lauren Berkman, an English teacher at Marble Falls High School, for helping her with the essays.
McMillan is looking forward to her trip to Washington, a city she has never visited. She noted the weekend will include a formal dinner.