Asparrow Hargro-Cole, a CIS seventh grader at Albemarle Road Middle School, recently learned that she is this year’s winner of the Friedland Foundation scholarship. The scholarship provides four years of tuition expenses to a state college or university of her choice, as well as a one-on-one mentor for the next five years.
In addition to being an active leader and participant in Communities In Schools, Asparrow is a member of the Honors Chorus at Albemarle Road, loves language arts and science, and has maintained an A/B average the entire school year. In her free time Asparrow enjoys hanging out with her friends and reading. Her role model is her grandmother who takes care of Asparrow and her siblings. She is inspired by her grandmother because she is taking classes to complete her education, illustrating to Asparrow the importance of education and that dreams don’t have an expiration date.
Asparrow will be a first-generation college student and is very excited about the opportunity to further her education. In the essay portion of the Friedland Scholarship application, Asparrow wrote the following:
“I developed into the person I am today because someone took a chance on me, noticed me, believed in me.
I want to attend college so that I can carry the baton for my generation. That is what I am supposed to do. That is what I am eager to do. That is what I would be happy to do. I promise that taking a chance on me and making a deposit in my future will produce great rewards for not only myself but also the community. I dare you to believe in me.”