2016 Judy Simpson Memorial Scholarship Winner

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The coaches at College Admissions Assistance are happy to announce our latest Judy Simpson Memorial Scholarship winner! Natasia Martin is our 2016 recipient, and she will be awarded $1,500 in memory of a founding regional director of our company. Judy Simpson was passionate about helping students and families through the challenges of the college admissions process. She enrolled thousands of students in our program before she lost her battle with cancer. CAA awards this scholarship each year in her honor.   Natasia Martin has been a member of CAA since January of 2015. This fall she plans to attend Susquehanna University to pursue a degree in Neuroscience with a concentration in English. In the future, she wants to go to law school and pursue a career as an intellectual property attorney.   While in the program, Natasia did a great job using all of the different services CAA provides. She cited our timely email reminders as the best part of the service. She spoke to many members of our coaching team for assistance with careers, colleges, and financial aid matters. She also used our tutoring service many times, especially when she was in the middle of her Calculus class. According to Natasia, CAA “helped [her] stay organized, stay on top of things and helped keep everything in one place.” She also found the career and college research tools useful in narrowing down her choices, especially our My Fit feature which helped her determine how each college fit her. Our coaching team selected her as the scholarship winner in recognition of her thorough use of our program as well as her accomplishments.   In high school, she was involved in many extracurricular activities. A member of National Honor Society and her school’s Student Council, she is particularly proud of her involvement with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She has worked with her little sister in the program for three years and has enjoyed watching her grow up. Natasia also served as a track & field manager for her school, helping the coach and players after her own injury prevented her from competing. She took care of much of the team’s documentation by keeping organized runner profiles. In her spare time, Natasia likes to read and take pictures as well as play several musical instruments.   Her most influential activity was being a founding member of the NAACP chapter at her high school. It started up at the end of her sophomore year, and she helped to select the advisor for the group, who came from outside of her school. This year she served as the Vice President and helped to organize a Black History Month Fair at the school. She organized vendors and worked with the guest speaker, who addressed the group about racial inequality as well as social justice issues.   When we asked about her hero growing up, she mentioned her mother, her grandmother, and her great aunt. She said, “They are my support system and rally behind me.” She respects them so much because they are strong women who embody who she wants to be. Natasia described them as hard-working, independent, determined, and persistent. Her mother always encourages her to have integrity and has been an example to her of what that means.     At CAA, we think that Natasia is making a difference in her family, her high school, her community, and will do the same throughout her college experience. Her dedication to academics and to other people is commendable. When asked what advice she would offer younger students, she encouraged them to make sure they mentally prepare for the transition from high school to college. The coaches at College Admissions Assistance think she is well on her way to a bright future!