From Holly City to the Ivy Leagues

QuestBridge National College Match Program finalist and Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) student, Anthony Kukal, is headed to Yale University. A participant in the College’s High School Option Program (HSOP), he received a scholarship that covers the full cost of attendance to study at one of the most prestigious schools in the United States.

From a pool of more than 16,500 applicants, the 2022 RCSJ and Millville High School dual graduate was selected as one of 1,600 Match Scholarship Recipients to attend one of the nation’s best universities.

According to questbridge.org, “Match Scholarship Recipients are granted early admission to one of QuestBridge’s college partners with a full four-year scholarship, worth over $200,000.” Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University are just a few of the schools listed as the program’s partners.

Kukal, who found out about the program from a brochure he received in the mail, noted a multi-step process in becoming a QuestBridge finalist that included filling out an extensive application, then sending additional applications to up to 12 higher educational institutions that he rated high on his match list.

Kukal’s selection as a Match Scholarship Recipient helps him to continue to earn college degrees at an economical rate. As a student in the Early College High School program under the HSOP umbrella, he was able to obtain his RCSJ degree for free.

Kukal, who was the guest speaker at the 2022 HSOP High School Collegiate Scholar Ceremony, has an extensive list of accomplishments, including Millville High School Class of 2022 salutatorian, a member of the National Honor Society, four-year Academic Varsity Letter winner, and Congressional Gold Medal recipient.

“We’re both extremely proud of Anthony,” said his mother, Bobbi. “He worked very hard in high school to give himself an opportunity to attend a school like Yale. He has a chance for an excellent education.”

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