These DeSoto High twins are in the running for $200,000 college scholarships

Twin sisters from DeSoto High School have been named semifinalists for a scholarship that could provide a fully funded, four-year college experience to both of them.

Seniors Jazmine and Jazzie Jackson are eligible to obtain early admission to several of the nation’s top universities and colleges and full four-year funding worth over $200,000, according to a release from the district. The QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship is an admissions and scholarship program for high-achieving, low-income students. Through the program, they can be admitted early with full four-year scholarships to schools partnered with the program.

“The QuestBridge scholarship would benefit my family by allowing us not to experience a financial burden,” Jazzie Jackson said in the news release. “This scholarship is a great opportunity to enjoy college without the stress of loans and hardships.”

New East Middle School sixth grade student Terrani Edwards poses in front of signage campus staff put in place to welcome her and other students to campus.

The National College Match gives students an opportunity to apply to schools for free, according to the program’s website. Upon being accepted as finalists, students then rank up to 12 colleges they are interested in attending and wait to see if they “match” with any of the colleges.

Matching with a college allows a student to be admitted early with a full four-year scholarship.

If awarded the scholarship, the twins hope to attend Stanford University next fall. Because of their teachers, Jazmine said she is more than ready for the rigors of college.

“I strongly believe that the teachers at DHS prepared me to be college-ready because of the challenging coursework I was given,” Jazmine said. “Teachers such as Mr. Patrizio and Ms. Garner impacted me the most because they are very passionate about teaching. I am grateful for their excellent teaching that goes beyond standards.”

The twins will be notified in early December on Match Day if they have been awarded the scholarship. Even if they do not win the scholarship, the program would help them apply to other schools through the regular decision process.

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