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Mitchell Anderson holds up the seal of Vassar College

Rockport-Fulton High School senior Mitchell Anderson was recently awarded a full scholarship valued at over $300,000 to attend Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Anderson received the scholarship with the assistance of the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship. QuestBridge is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation’s most selective colleges.

QuestBridge’s rigorous academic criteria and screening process require applicants to:

• Enroll in a school’s most challenging courses available (usually including Honors, AP, and/or IB level courses)

• Reside in the top 5-10% of the graduating class

• Earn composite SAT and PSAT scores > 1310

QuestBridge also looks for evidence of strong writing ability, intellectual spark, and determination through essays and teacher/counselor recommendations.

In large part to Anderson’s own body of work, along with Aransas County Independent School District teachers and the office of college and career readiness; Anderson was awarded a full academic scholarship at Vassar College.

Vassar is ranked the #11 Liberal Arts College in the nation; which is set according to the schools’ performances across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Intellectual inquiry at Vassar is characterized by an unusual degree of flexibility. The college does not have a core curriculum and students can declare a major by concentrating in a department, an interdepartmental program, a multidisciplinary program, or an individually tailored field of study in the independent program. This intellectual freedom produces original thinkers and has shaped the very essence of Vassar’s academic life since the end of the 19th century through today.

Anderson will attend an immersion program over the summer, also paid for by the school, and begin his classwork in the fall of 2019.

He is considering, among other things, majoring in computer science, a semester abroad, and a possible joint master’s program with Dartmouth College.

“This is a remarkable choice, and not one without its challenges, for a remarkable young man,” said RFHS College and Career Coordinator David Swartwout.

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