Liberty High School is set to graduate 116 seniors tonight and Amanda Jane Matthews is not only among the cream of the crop locally, but in northern California as well.
The valedictorian ranked seventh in her class, with a weighted grade point average of 4.3, is one of 52 scholarship winners from hundreds who applied with the Northern California Scholarship Foundations. She’ll be awarded $8,000 every year for the next four years for a total of $32,000 to help pay for her college tuition and other related expenses.
Liberty High counselor Karie Hannigan nominated Matthews. According to NCSF, Matthews’ good grades, community service, financial need and SAT score made her worthy of the gift. Every year, the Oakland-based Northern California Scholarship Foundations allows more than 500 high schools from the Oregon border to Kern County to nominate one senior for their scholarships.
A group twice the size of scholarships available is chosen to be interviewed and then half are awarded. A nerve-racked Matthews drove with her parents to Oakland on April 28 for the interview, where 103 others participated...