West Harrison High senior offered half a million dollars in scholarships

As the 2022-2023 school year draws to a close, local seniors are finalizing the next steps in their academic journey. For one West Harrison High School graduate, deciding where to go to college wasn’t easy, especially considering all of her offers.

“I was offered $466,870.” Gulfport native Jada Stewart was offered nearly half a million dollars in scholarships. “Even though I have been involved in a lot of activities. There have been times when I’ve doubted myself. Seeing that I’ve been accepted and awarded this amount was very reassuring for me.”

Fourteen colleges accepted and offered scholarships to Stewart. “I decided to go to Mississippi State because I will be involved in engineering and tech and I feel like that was the best option for me”

She believes the secret to a successful college application is through extracurricular activities. “I’ve been in the band for four years. I’ve also been involved in the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, and I’ve also been a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council my junior year. From practice to city hall to meetings early in the morning, straight into school, then practice after school.”

Jada’s mother, Laurie Stewart said, “Her being involved in these different organizations and bands and meeting new people has really brought out her character, and I’m happy to see that. She’s always been motivated, ever since she was little.”

Another factor is the love and support from her family. “I’ve had three older siblings that have gone through West Harrison, so I didn’t feel new when I got there because I had already been there watching them go through it. My mom, of course, has been the biggest help to me with rides and emotionally. I also want to thank my dad because he’s been there for me.”

Jada will be graduating this Saturday from West Harrison. She’s also attending MSU’s summer bridge, eager to begin her post-high school studies.

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