Education Spotlight — Peter Ha

Peter Ha

Tell us about your educational highlight honor or accomplishment. What is it and how did you do it?

"I was recently awarded the Questbridge Match, a full-ride scholarship, to Northwestern University in Chicago. It is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges.

College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution. I applied for it in mid-September with an application that included four main essays, countless supplemental essays, and many teacher recommendations."

Why is this accomplishment important for you?

"My parents have constantly worked hard to give me a good education, and achieving this scholarship is just one way for me to show them that I appreciate and value the effort that they have put into my education. I am also a first-generation college student, and this scholarship is the first step towards fulfilling my and my parents' dreams of having a better life than they did."

How much did you have to work to accomplish this goal or honor?

"I worked many hours into the night in September and October, as I had to complete the 33-page application alongside all of my schoolwork, and while trying to apply for other backup scholarships. While I was completing the application, it was a good day if I slept before 2 a.m. After I turned my initial application in, I was caught off-guard by a second application where I had to fill out more than 20 supplemental essays in less than two weeks."

What plans do you have for the future?

"I would like to major in computer science from Northwestern University in Chicago. Then, much later in my life, I later want to get either a Ph.D in chemistry or go to medical school after working and creating a good financial basis for myself.

During college, I would like to take internships with larger companies around the U.S. After college, I am thinking about working at a larger software-based company. In the far future, I want to do my own personal research in a chemistry lab developing new pathways and synthesizing new molecules."

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