In the middle of her junior year, Loralee received an email from QuestBridge. This email detailed a scholarship they were offering to outstanding juniors, which Loralee applied for. In winning this scholarship, she was able to spend the day at Stanford University, taking part in a college admissions conference. There she learned of a scholarship that has since given her a remarkable opportunity: the QuestBridge National College Match. After a long selection process, winners of this scholarship receive a full four-year scholarship to the college they are matched with.
With over 12,818 applicants, Loralee became one of 4,773 finalists on October 22, 2013. The next step was ranking up to eight of her top choices. “My number one was Stanford, my number two was Yale, three was Northwestern, four was Columbia, and five was Vanderbilt.” She then sent in her SAT scores, common application, supplements, and her family’s income level.
On December 2, 2013, Loralee was in a journalism pitch meeting when she was notified of her match to Stanford University. Out of the 4,773 finalists, 440 were matched. “I’m just so happy that I’m going to Stanford. I can’t believe it; it feels like a dream,” Loralee exclaimed.
“And then there are the rest of us…who may or may not get into college,” jested CMHS junior Janelle Alonzo.