The first graduating class from the Center for Research in Engineering, Sustainability and Technology (CREST) at Paradise Valley High School has been offered $2.1 million in university scholarships and includes a Baird Scholar, Flinn Scholar, Dorrance Scholar and two National Merit Scholars.
The Baird Foundation offers scholarships for academic excellence for students to attend the Honors College at University of Arizona. Flinn Scholarships, awarded to 20 of Arizona’s highest-achieving high school seniors, provide a comprehensive educational package to attend any Arizona public university. The Dorrance Scholarship provides support to first-generation college students and National Merit Scholars are determined by performance on the SAT college entrance exams.
CREST, which was established four years ago, includes in-depth study and internships in three areas. Those areas and the number of graduates from each are: Sustainability, 7; Biotechnology, 17; Engineering, 25. Next year, there will be three study tracks – Engineering Biotechnology and Computer Science – with sustainability incorporated into each. Already, 310 students are enrolled in CREST for the 2014-15 school year.
The first CREST graduates, who were honored at a senior banquet earlier this month, will be distinguished at the PVHS graduation ceremony with purple and green honor cords. Graduation will be 7:30 p.m. in the high school’s football stadium.