Hopkins High School’s Ezana Tedla received a full four-year scholarship to Yale University through QuestBridge National College Match. He was one of 1,464 high school seniors who were awarded a full four-year scholarship and admission to top colleges.
“I was pretty shocked when I found out, but it is exciting to go to a school I have never been to. It has taken a lot of time for me to process my acceptance, and I am still at times in disbelief,” he said.
The award was granted through the 2020 QuestBridge National College Match, a national program that connects high-achieving high school seniors from disadvantaged backgrounds with a full four-year scholarship to the nation’s top colleges.
"The achievements of our 2020 Match Scholarship Recipients are particularly exceptional in the midst of a year marked by challenging circumstances.” said Ana McCullough, CEO and Co-Founder of QuestBridge. “The fact that our college partners awarded a record number of scholarships this year bolsters our hope for a brighter, more equitable future.”
Tedla is a leader of the debate team at Hopkins, has participated in the quizbowl, and helps with tutoring in his spare time. He has not yet decided what he wants to study in college, but he is grateful for the financial support to an ivy league school as he transitions to the next level of his education.
I’m grateful for my coach, teachers and friends supporting me throughout high school,” he said. “Without them, I would not have this great opportunity to be debt-free through college.”