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North Bergen High School student gets full ride to Washington University

Ashley Cangana, a STEM senior, has received a four-year scholarship through Questbridge

Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter. Photo by Daniel Israel.

North Bergen High School student Ashley Cangana, a STEM senior, recently received the news that she has been accepted to Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter.

Cangana will receive a full four-year scholarship through Questbridge.

Founded in 1994, QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities, according to Solter.

“Whenever one of our students accomplishes their goals it is always an extremely proud moment for all of the teachers and other faculty in North Bergen,” said Solter. “We’re thrilled that Ashley and her parents will have one less economic burden, and wish her continued success in the future.”

By working with these students, beginning in high school through college to their first job, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities, he said.

According to Solter, North Bergen High School implements a comprehensive curriculum to ensure that all students are exposed to high academic standards and gain the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century.

He said the curriculum is aligned with the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Content Standards and State Assessment Program, and class offerings include required academic subjects as well as physical education, art, instrumental and vocal music and research and study skills for elementary students.

Back in September, Solter announced Cangana was one of five North Bergen High School students that earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. The College Board National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with accolades that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process.

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