Congratulations to ASF Class of 2020 Graduate, Carla Meléndez, who is this year’s recipient of the BLH Scholarship. The BLH Scholarship Fund was established by an American School Foundation graduate to provide scholarships to female students from The American School Foundation in Mexico City to pursue a four-year college in the United States. The scholarship is for up to $40,000 over four years renewable each year for four years subject to maintaining full time status and a GPA of 2.0. Carla said she is “extremely grateful and excited” to be named the recipient this year.
Carla began her journey at ASF her second semester of grade 8 and will be attending Pennsylvania State University, pre-majoring in Health and Human Development in the fall. After more than a year of researching her university options, she chose Penn State because recognizes the university as being really well rounded, with great academics, a large student body, a lot of school spirit and “amazing opportunities such as THON” (a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer). She can’t wait to be a part of all of it. Come fall 2020, Carla thinks the first day of university will be “nerve-wracking but in the best way”. She isn’t sure yet if it will be in-person or online.
When asked about her favorite ASF memories, we broke it down. Pre-March 2020 she said, “One of my favorite memories was when I filmed a "Heritage Minute" video project with two of my friends for our IB History class. We laughed a ton while we were doing it and had an overall great time but we also learned really interesting historical facts.” And Post-March 2020: “Every Friday night my friends and I have a Zoom trivia game which we take turns hosting! Hilarity tends to ensue.” Carla brings friendship and laughter to every scenario; she is pure joy.
Speaking of life since March 2020 she shared that she thinks that the “quarantine really forced everyone to pick up something they had always wanted to do or something they loved doing and just never had any time to do! I love reading and never really had time to do it, but quarantine has given me the chance to read a bunch of books.”
Finally, Carla’s advice for younger generations, “try and enjoy the good times and to grow from the hard times! High school goes by super fast and before you know it, you have on a cap and gown. It can be really challenging to face tough moments with the same resolve that you have during the good ones, but in the end, high school is an experience and you have to choose to make it a good one!”
Congratulations Carla! ASF is proud of you!