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2 CHS Students Win Prestigious College Scholarships

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Two young women at Charlottesville High School recently earned significant awards that will advance their college careers.

Rajia Arbab became a Gates Millennium Scholar, which offers good-through-graduation support to attend the college or university of her choice. In April, Carman Drake recently was awarded the Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship, receiving a $30,000 award.

Rajia Arbab is the only area student to earn one of this year’s Gates Millennium Scholarships, a national program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund. Rajia earned the scholarship through her excellent academic record as well as a strong history of leadership and community service, including founding and leading the award-winning Amnesty International Chapter at CHS, presiding over the service group Key Club, and holding offices in an umber of other clubs and activities.

Outside of school, she has volunteered at a number of area organizations, including the Virginia Discovery Museum and Martha Jefferson Hospital. In addition, last summer, she traveled to Northwest Pakistan, where she volunteered in a girls’ school and distributed food at a camp for displaced people.

Rajia plans to attend Georgetown University.

In April, Carman Drake earned this year’s Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship, awarded annually by the Emily Couric Leadership Forum to recognize a Charlottesville-area young woman who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership.

Carman is president of the Model UN club and editor-in-chief of the Knight Time Review, the student-run newspaper at CHS. She is also Head of Media and Logistics for the CHS science club BACON (Best All Around Club of Nerds), for whom she organized a science tournament at CHS that attracted more than 1,000 middle and high school students. A three-year varsity player for lacrosse and field hockey, she was co-captain of the field hockey team. She has served as a peer mentor to immigrant and refugee students and spent seven weeks studying Arabic in Jordan through a State Department scholarship.

This fall, she will attend Yale University.
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