Steven Hadley, a senior at Eureka High, recently earned a place at the
University of Chicago and a full four-year academic years
scholarship through the non-profit group QuestBridge. Woot!
was logged into his English Zoom class on Tuesday when he got the news.
"I was like on air, I was checking [theapplication
portal] every five seconds, "Hadley told the Outpost this
late. When you received the update notification, you turned off your
camera. "I knew I was going to have an extreme reaction, whether
good or bad."
was good, everyone! Hadley said her family was delighted with the
news. She plans to study mathematics, and perhaps computer science, in
UChicago, which is known for its excellent academics and castle-like,
ivy-covered campus. The university is consistently ranked quite high
above (like, top 20) in evaluations of the best private universities in
During his time at EHS, Hadley built an extensive
curriculum. He tutored high school students and high school, served as
a student government representative, and led the Science Bowl team,
which is a Jeopardy-style club that reached the semi-finals in the
Northern California regional competition last year .
H igh is delighted with Hadley's achievement.
is truly a Renaissance man! "Savannah Polizzi, former AP US
Hadley history professor, told the Outpost in an email.
" Beyond his academic talents (which are many), he is an outstanding
human who puts the needs of others before his own Last year attended
AP "Boot Camp" Tutoring at every opportunity, not because
needed help, but because he was willing and able to help his peers
with essay review. ”
Baugh, EHS science teacher, shared an excerpt from the
recommendation letter she wrote for Hadley." Steven lights up a room with
his personality ”, it reads. As a member and enthusiastic leader
of the Eureka High School Science Bowl team, he leads his peers in
scientific competition, while weaving humor and camaraderie into
the pursuit of science and math. . Steven's intellect,
kindness and curiosity make him one of the most inspiring students
that I have had the pleasure of meeting. "
academic advisor, Delores Haskamp, Said in a press release that
Hadley is the first Eureka High student to earn a QuestBridge
is a Palo-based non-profit organization Alto with a mission to connect "the
nation's brightest low-income students with leading
higher education institutions and more opportunities,"
according to its website. This year, the organization awarded 1,464
full-travel scholarships, selected from a pool of nearly 18,500
selecting the scholarship recipients, QuestBridge sticks to the
students and forms chapters in every university, which is something
Hadley is excited. "It's a group of other people who have had
the same experience that I have. You can do internships and stuff
over there, and if you can't go home for Thanksgiving, they have a
food they organize, ”he said.“ So all of that is really nice. I'm
waiting for that. ”