Each year College Admissions Assistance selects a student to honor the memory of one of our employees – Judy Simpson. This year we are proud to announce that Melanie Olguin is our winner for 2017! Melanie will receive $1,500 to help her as she begins her college career at Texas Lutheran University as a first-generation college student.
The scholarship honors Judy Simpson, who was one of our founding regional directors, and through this scholarship we continue to remember her impact with our company as well as our students. Judy Simpson passed away after her battle with cancer in 2011. She is remembered at CAA because of her positive attitude throughout her life and even through her illness. She was a dedicated member of our team and will always be remembered as a wonderful friend.
Melanie is a very dedicated student at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas. Even though the high school is very big, she is currently ranked 12th in her graduating class! That is very impressive. CAA was able to help her academically through our tutoring services. She told us that the calculus tutoring was the most helpful for her.
Melanie was not only studious in high school, but she was also involved in several extracurricular activities. She was a member of color guard at her school for three years. Through FCCLA (Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America) she was able to take advantage of community service opportunities and also participated in the French Club at her school. Melanie served as a catechist aid at her church during her junior and senior years.
CAA was able to assist Melanie in several ways through her time as a client. We were able to review several applications and essays for her as she applied to colleges. We also reviewed her financial aid award letters as she compared offers between the colleges that accepted her. She spoke with so many members of our coaching team over the phone and enjoyed connecting with us best through those conversations.
As a mature and determined person, Melanie demonstrated how to handle the pressures of her junior and senior years. She wishes to advise future students in our program to get as much done as possible before their senior year starts. This means working on applications in the summer, so there is less pressure once the school year begins.
In the future, Melanie hopes to become a nurse practitioner. By attending a pre-med presentation, she was able to narrow her focus to this specific career goal within the medical field. One of the reasons she chose Texas Lutheran was their 100% passing rate for nursing students on their licensing exam.
We know that she will not only contribute to her community at Texas Lutheran, but go on to help countless people as a nurse. Congrats to Melanie and best of luck!