10 DC high schoolers surprised with full-ride scholarships to George Washington University

Roosevelt High School senior, Clau Diah Buenconsejo, 19, was one of 10 D.C. high schoolers who were surprised with a full-ride scholarship to The George Washington University on March 7, 2018. (ABC7)

Wednesday started out just like any ordinary March day might—but for Clau Diah Buenconsejo, that was all about to change.

The George Washington University team surprised the 19-year-old with a full-ride college scholarship. It was a part of the University’s Trachtenberg scholarship program.

“I was yelling inside! I had, like, a lot of mixed feelings,” Buenconsejo said. “It didn’t seem like it was true at all.”

The Roosevelt High School senior moved to the United States from the Philippines when she was in 9th grade. The move meant she’d be reunited with her mother, who made the move, Buenconsejo says, nearly eight years prior.

“I felt very proud to make her happy,” she said. “I know that this is such a great opportunity, not just for me, but for all of us in our family.”

“Being here for, like, seven years without them, it’s so hard,” said Clau Diah’s mother, Sonia Buenconsejo. “But now I feel like all of my hard work is becoming awarded.”

The family calls it an answer to prayer.

“I’m very, very happy,” Buenconsejo said, smiling. “This means a lot.”

“I’m the proudest mom I feel like. I am super proud!”

Roosevelt High School was the second of nine stops for the GW crew on Wednesday. They are awarding 10 D.C. high school students with the scholarship.

“They are already incredible leaders at their high school, they become incredible leaders at GW. And they inspire, not just faculty, staff, and administrators, but other students as well,” Costas Solomou, Dean of Admissions at the George Washington University, said.

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