A Hempstead High School senior is the school’s first to receive a full college scholarship as a QuestBridge Scholar.
Travis Nelson, 17, was among 767 students chosen from almost 14,500 applicants nationwide to receive a four-year scholarship through the QuestBridge program, which recognizes high-achieving students from low-income families.
“It means a lot that I’m Hempstead’s first ever, because now any other student from Hempstead can achieve this measure of success,” said Nelson, who said he aspires to one day be the nation’s president.
He plans to attend Columbia University in Manhattan in the fall and intends to study political science.
Applicants must meet stringent requirements and submit several essays and letters of recommendation. Nelson was asked to rank his top schools from among QuestBridge’s 38 college partners, and Columbia was his top choice.
Nelson is salutatorian of the Class of 2017, Student Government public relations officer, and student adviser/liaison to “almost every club in the school,” he said. He is captain of the volleyball team and a member of the winter and spring track teams.
He also is on the Youth Advisory Council of the Family and Children’s Association and was keynote speaker for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center.