Houston’s KPRC 2 made a surprise visit to Clear Horizons Early College High School (CHECHS) at the San Jacinto College South Campus to award student Rama Imad with a $2,000 KPRC 2 Senior Scholarship Award.
This April, KPRC kicked off its Senior Scholarship Award program, in which 20 graduating high school seniors were each surprised with a $2,000 scholarship over four weeks. Each week, a scholarship recipient is featured on KPRC 2’s morning newscast.
When KPRC anchors Owen Conflenti and Rachel McNeill surprised Rama at a CHECHS senior seminar, her shock and surprise was felt throughout the room.
“To have received a scholarship where the deciding factors weren’t my own words, but those of my teachers and mentors, was absolutely phenomenal,” said Imad. “It reminds me that hard work and perseverance pay off and that four years of juggling academics, work, and being involved in high school, college, and the community do not go unnoticed. I am so honored to be a part of the tight-knit family here at CHECHS and San Jacinto College.”
CHECHS Community Liaison and Independent Study-Mentoring teacher Natalie Nylen nominated Imad for the scholarship and says she has always stood out as an extraordinary student. “She is not afraid of any challenge given to her and this is one of the many reasons Rama was selected for this scholarship,” said Nylen. “She exemplifies what a true, dedicated student can accomplish here at Clear Horizons Early College High School and San Jacinto College.”
Imad has definitely overcome her share of obstacles. When she was in the sixth grade, she contracted meningitis and as a result suffered from memory loss and the loss of her photo-memory. She was bound to a wheel chair for one year before moving onto crutches, and up until ninth grade, attended physical therapy for tremors in her fingers and hand. Her math skills were adversely affected and although she struggled in her math classes, she persevered and became a math major.
Recently, Imad, the 2015 CHECHS valedictorian, graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Jacinto College with an associate of science degree in mathematics, three weeks before she receives her high school diploma. She has received a total of $398,000 in scholarship earnings. Imad has been accepted to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she plans to study neuroscience.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.