For the fourth consecutive year, a Chalmette High School senior has been awarded a prestigious, and highly competitive, Posse Scholarship – an honor given to only 40 students in the entire Greater New Orleans metropolitan area annually.
This year the honor goes to senior My Linh Hoang, who has been awarded a four year, full tuition, merit-based scholarship to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Case Western is ranked 37th nationally according to a study completed by US News and World Report. The scholarship amounts to over $47,000 per year.
Hoang, who has been a student at Chalmette from her freshman year, said she was completely shocked when she received the call awarding her this honor.
“The representative had to ask if I was still on the line,” Hoang recalls. “I was in such shock and disbelief, I couldn’t even respond at first.”
Faculty member and English teacher David Bellard said he is proud of My Linh and the tradition of Posse winners that has begun at CHS.
“Chalmette High School nominates approximately 20 students each year to undergo a grueling and highly competitive interview process that consists of multiple rounds of interviews by Chalmette High faculty, Posse New Orleans representatives and the respective universities’ admissions departments,” Bellard said of the process.
Hoang said she plans to follow her dream of becoming a dentist by completing her undergraduate studies in pre-dental and then hopes to attend the university’s School of Dental Medicine to pursue her medical degree in dentistry.
“One of the reasons I was so interested in Case Western was because of their dental program and their medical training facility in general,” Hoang said. “It was a good fit for my future.”
Hoang said she is thankful for the education and opportunities CHS has provided for her throughout her high school career. She has been an active member of several organizations, including Key Club, Interact Club, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and 4H. She has also held many leadership positions in these organizations.
She is also thankful for the education she has received to prepare her for her future college studies.
“CHS is host to a competitive academic environment that has pushed me to strive for excellence in my studies,” Hoang said. “The skills I have learned as a student here will continue to shape my future for years to come.”