Contributed by Judith Murray, Parkview Arts/Sciences Journalism Instructor
Isha Horton, 16, daughter of Isha Jones and Frank Horton, of North Little Rock, found out in April that she hit the scholarship jackpot.
Chosen from a pool of 53,000 applicants, Horton beat the odds and was chosen as a Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient. The scholarship is not a specific amount, instead, it pays tuition, books and living expenses from her bachelor’s degree all the way through doctoral studies. Horton plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, then move to another college for her post graduate work.
Horton said she was accepted to Harvard, but her parents want her to stay closer to home so she can “grow more” before she goes out into the world.
Horton is Parkview’s youngest graduate, because she skipped both second and 11th grades in school.
” I was ecstatic when I found out that out of 53,000 applicants, I was chosen as a scholar. This scholarship is a life-changing blessing, because I will never have to worry about funding my education. I believe in lifelong learning, and after I complete my doctorate in Computer Science, I will likely venture into another field. I am truly appreciative of all of the adults that helped me get to this point and I will continue to value education and work to improve my community,” Horton said.