ANSBACH, Germany | April 24, 2014
A student from Ansbach Middle High School was recently selected for a full scholarship to attend a summer college-credit program at the University of Southern California.
Shawn McDonald, a sophomore was one of eight students from military families that were selected for the scholarship.
"I feel that the selection was a blessing that I was picked to be one of the eight chosen," he said. "I prayed about it and worked for it. I would say that the saying, "you give and you will receive" applies. I have always had it in my heart that I didn't want anything back. I guess my blessings added up and I got the scholarship."
The program gives students the opportunity to view university life from the inside by studying in the same classrooms and laboratories, living and dining in the same facilities at USC undergraduates. When complete, McDonald will be awarded 3 units of university elective credit.
According to his principal, David Carlisle, he is not the same "rough and tumble kid" that first showed up at Ansbach.
"Shawn has overcome many challenges," Carlisle said. "As with many of our military students facing difficult transitions overseas, Shawn took those transitions in stride and is more determined than ever to succeed."
McDonald, who is the Student Council Sophomore Class president and three-sport athlete, was selected based on three criterion; recommendations, grades and essay responses.
With so many colleges to choose from, McDonald has his sights set on; Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech, University of Texas-El Paso or Old Dominion University. He's looking at studying international relations, physical education, computer science and/or law enforcement.
"My teacher and my family believed in me that I could do anything because I have the work ethic and potential to do it," McDonald explained. "I would say my teachers and coaches developed my leadership skills and taught me how to do anything with hard work. My family has always thought that I would do great things and this scholarship is my beginning.