The Deborah A. Penta Female Leadership Scholarship is awarded each year to an exceptional female senior at Westborough High School (WHS), who exemplifies leadership in academia, extra curricular activities, and community service during her high school years.
This scholarship, which is in its eighth year, has been awarded in the past to young women with future aspirations to be physicians, educators, managers, newscasters, and international delegates.
“We are continually impressed by the quality of applicants each year,” said Deborah Penta, CEO, PENTA Communications. “Many of the young women who apply are high achievers who also care deeply about, and volunteer in their communities.”
Last year's recipient, Sneha Subramaniam, exemplified the qualities of a well-rounded young leader, Penta said. She had near perfect SAT scores and achieved academic excellence in her high school classes. She tutored high school and middle school students in math and science and was instrumental in bringing the US Biology Olympiad to WHS. Subramaniam's goal is to be a doctor and she is currently a freshman at Columbia University in New York, where she is majoring in biomedical engineering.
WHS female seniors are encouraged to apply for the $1,000 scholarship; applications are being accepted now through Monday, April 1. Criteria to apply for the scholarship includes three letters of recommendation from faculty members or those who can detail the applicant's qualities at WHS with her participation on team(s), committee(s) or place of employment; a current resume indicating academic standing, and all activities and leadership achievements; a listing of any charitable work the applicant has completed during her high school years;? and a 200-word essay explaining why the applicant feels she should receive the scholarship. The deadline for all applications to be received is Monday, April 1.
Applicants should mail their submissions to: The Deborah A. Penta Female Leadership Scholarship Committee, PENTA Communications, Inc., 182 Turnpike Rd., Westborough, MA 01581.