It is another story of academic excellence as news broke of the exploits of Ishmale Powell.
15-year-old Powell grabbed the world’s for not only finishing high school early but also for graduating from Page High School with an impressive 4.5 grade point average.
He achieved this fewt by virtue of hardwork, perseverance, skipping two grades and taking high school classes while in middle school.
Powell plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to major in computer engineering and minor in aerospace engineering as he hopes to one day become an astrophysicist. “Going at such a young age, it might be difficult for me, but I think I am ready,”
He is, however, yet to have won any scholarshiip though hehhas applied for several. For the time being, he only has “$3000 in Pell Grant and $6000 from the U-N-C system for his first year of college,” according to WFMY.
This has ìn no way detered the teenager who has since started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the remaining amount needed for tuition and fees. He plans to resume college this fall.
Help has come in other forms as his father has decided to move to Charlotte so Ishmale can stay with him, thereby saving him hkusing cost.
In addition, Powell is hoping to receive some additional scholarship funds from the organization Say Yes. However, he will have to wait to find out: the group typically sends out award letters in July and August, and its awards only cover tuition. Donnie Turlington, the interim director of Say Yes Guilford, says he’s begun a review of Powell’s case and will meet with him.
He said: “High-performing students like (Powell), we want to find a way that we can make sure we can break down the cost barriers involved with the college.”
We hope Ishmale keeps this drive and attitude. Congratulations.