Camelot Excel Academy of Roseland Graduate Awarded Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Like many students of Excel Academy of Roseland, Kewhawn George faced more than his share of difficulties, sometimes just getting to school was a challenge. But Kewhawn, 21, is a young man who doesn’t know the meaning of the word “quit.”
On June 12, 2019, he learned that Miles College, an HBCU (Historically Black and Colleges and Universities) in Alabama, had not only accepted him but also awarded him the school’s Presidential Scholarship based on his outstanding academic achievement. He’ll begin school in the fall to major in graphic design and animation.
“Kewhawn is a young man who never lost focus,” said Tyree Booker, executive director at Excel Academy of Roseland. “Many of our students have personal adversities and outside dilemmas, but Kewhawn came to us determined to graduate and succeed. He made a plan and never deterred from it. He excelled academically and was this year’s valedictorian.”
Excel Academy of Roseland is an accelerated school of choice in Chicago, IL, for students ages 15 to 21 years old and behind in their studies. The program offers an extended day where students can earn up to 5 credits per semester and 10 credits per year. This allows students to graduate in 2.5 years or less. Excel Academy is dedicated to creating a challenging, academically rigorous, and safe environment for all students.
Kewhawn took computer coding and 3D printing classes at school, having always had an interest in graphic novels and comic books, animation, and writing his own scripts and stories. Ashley Coleman, the career education coordinator at Excel Academy of Roseland, said she pushed for Kewhawn to apply for the Miles College scholarship after he attended an HBCU college fair.
“The deadline for applicants was in April, and Kewhawn didn’t have much time to apply,” she said. “But he is such an exceptional student that I immediately got on the phone and advocated for him. I sent his transcripts and academic progress reports to help convince the decision makers to grant him this scholarship and opportunity. Several colleges and universities accepted him because he’s a straight-A student. He’s an exceptional writer, and he makes his own movies.”
Kewhawn said he would like to own a film production company one day.
“When I was in second grade, I had a friend who liked to draw. I thought, maybe I can do this too. I picked up a pencil and found that I had a hidden talent. In my free time, I was constantly drawing, and later, I began writing stories of my own,” he said. “I decided early that there was more to life than just hanging out. I was overjoyed when I got the news of the scholarship. When members of my family – some of whom I’m not very close to – heard about it, they couldn’t believe I got the scholarship. They couldn’t believe that I actually did it. But you see, that’s how you move forward in life. You can’t give up on your dreams, no matter what anyone says.”
Miles College Presidential Scholarship covers all four years of tuition and fees, as well as most of the expenses of living on campus.
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