Mulberry High senior Brenda Alvarez has been offered a full scholarship to Stanford University through the QuestBridge program.
Alvarez is one of 1,044 high school seniors nationwide matched with scholarships through QuestBridge this year. The program connects high-achieving, low-income students with full scholarships to the nation’s top colleges.
Altogether, QuestBridge had 16,248 applicants and 6,507 finalists this year.
Alvarez is the senior class president at MHS; she also serves as a reading mentor with the Teen Trendsetters program and is a high school student ambassador for Polk County Public Schools.
“She’s an amazing student and an amazing human being,” said Dani Higgins, a Mulberry High success coach who mentors Alvarez through the Take Stock in Children program. “When she started here in ninth grade she set goals to get into these top schools and get to the top of her class — and she’s achieved that. It hasn’t been an easy road for her, but she’s worked hard. She is very resolute and has never wavered.”