"The scholarship was not just financial aid it also provided me with many other opportunities and helped me establish a focus on my future.”
My name is Miryam Cabieses, I am 19 years old and currently am a sophomore at George Mason University (GMU) located in Fairfax, Virginia. At the moment I have not officially declared a major but I plan to major in systems engineering. I was a student in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) from 2005 until 2011.
During my time with the OSP I attended Sacred Heart School, and St. John’s College High School. While attending St. John’s I participated in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) for a year, as part of the drill team. That program enforced respect, discipline, and the importance in quality of work. I was also a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish National Honor Society, which required an overall GPA average of at least 3.6. The primary advantage of attending an OSP school was the challenging academic environment; I felt the courses offered were more advanced. After graduating, I found that my academic achievement offered me many options for finding colleges of my choice. Thanks to the scholarship and the sturdy foundation I received through my academic experiences, I was able to graduate from high school and become a student at GMU.
The classes I am taking now are not as difficult because of the similarity to the classes I took in high school; I feel prepared and ready. The scholarship was not just financial aid it also provided me with many other opportunities and helped me establish a focus on my future. Being a part of the OSP helped give me the initiative to seek out programs that would provide financial assistance for college.
Many struggle to give their students this opportunity. To future students I would say you need to realize that it is an immense opportunity that not many are given. After you are established at the school of your choice, it will be easy to notice the difference in environment, the effort from teachers to help and the change in your own work ethic.
My lasting impression of the OSP is that the staff cared about the education of its participants, and were always concerned about us, and how our progress was with the scholarship.
The OSP is a quality program for families that strive to give their children a better education. This kind of experience provides a foundation for students of a realistic perspective of the world through educational opportunities.