JHS 2017 Graduate, Matthew Leon, Receives Full Scholarship to Vanderbilt University & National Merit Scholarship Finalist

JHS 2017 Graduate, Matt Leon, received a 4-year scholarship to Vanderbilt University in the amount of $67,415. The scholarship will cover tuition, room and board, fees, and will also help pay for books or any meals not covered. In addition to his full scholarship, Leon also received a $5,500 scholarship sponsored by Vanderbilt University for being named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are part of a distinguished group of about 7,500 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $32 million.

“I originally applied to Vanderbilt University after my teacher, Barbi Price recommended it as her daughter had gone to the school,” said Leon. “After receiving the scholarship notification, I simply couldn’t turn it down! I visited in early April and fell in love with the atmosphere, people, campus, and educational opportunities offered there. I would like to stress that I did not make it to where I am alone. It takes a whole community to create a success like my own — especially teachers, parents and family, church members, and all of the hundreds of people that have inspired me through their daily kindness, tenacity, and perseverance.”

Leon received many honors and awards during his time at Jamestown High School including: National Merit Scholarship Winner, Conference All-State Band and Chorus, New York/New England Optimist Oratorical Contest Winner, Chautauqua County Board of Superintendents Honor Student, Allen Ayers Physics Scholarship, Calculus BC Award, Chairman’s Choice Award, Dempsey Lewis Knight Memorial Scholarship, Milton J. Fletcher Award for English, Warner Public Speaking Award, Jasmine Cantor Scholarship, Impact Leader Scholarship and New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

Leon was also very active in extracurricular activities while attending Jamestown High School including: A Cappella Choir, Madrigal Singers, Marching Band, Concert Band, Quiz Bowl, Varsity Tennis Team, Key Club, National Honor Society and First Covenant Youth Group.

“I can’t imagine a high school in a town with Jamestown’s socioeconomic condition that could compete with us!” said Leon. “We have a wonderful selection of AP courses, teachers that care about the success of their students, simply astonishing music and sports programs, and a beautiful school building that, while it may be getting old, has a rich history of excellence. I believe that Jamestown High School truly does live up to the words inscribed into the ceiling of Merton P. Corwin Auditorium — “Character is the first aim of education.”

posted on 07/24/2017 - filed under: Academics, JHS, Spotlight, Students