Peoria Unified 2014 graduates received a record $57.9 million in scholarships to post-secondary institutions this year. This amount includes scholarships for athletics, in-state and out-of-state merit-based recognition, private donor and vocational school scholarships.
To assist students with college planning, testing preparation, financial aid and scholarships, there is a Career Center at each of the district’s seven high schools.
District high school guidance counselors and career center specialists help to highlight seniors and their achievements to various colleges in order to identify potential scholarship opportunities. In addition, each career center specialist maintains a scholarship database and the information is used to contact students who might be interested in a particular scholarship, important deadlines and scheduling college visits.
Ironwood High School senior Oluremi “Remi” Oso is a top scholarship recipient, garnishing $1,611,364 in total scholarships. He received scholarships from Ivy League schools such as Columbia and Harvard as well as other well-regarded institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford. Oso also received a Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship and was a National Achievement Scholarship Finalist. Oso will be attending Stanford in the fall majoring in Computer Science or Engineering. He received $48,096 a year for four years at Stanford, totaling $192,384 in scholarships from the university.
Oso was considered a full International Baccalaureate diploma candidate by his junior year and excelled in all of his classes, all while participating in wrestling, swimming and volleyball. Oso ranked 9th out of 478 seniors at his school and is not the only high achiever in his household. His older brother, Manasseh Oso, graduated last year from Ironwood and currently attends Harvard University.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate.
Peoria Unified is one of the largest unified school district’s in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website, www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.