Chandler Prep Senior Named a McDermott Scholar

Chandler Preparatory Academy April 13, 2017

Chandler Prep Senior Bethany Kasprzyk

Chandler Preparatory Academy is proud to announce that Ms. Bethany Kasprzyk has been named a UT Dallas McDermott Scholar.

Bethany attended a four-day on site interview, and was accepted into the 2017 Class of Scholars, made up of 12 women and 12 men with 10 students from Texas, and 14 from 12 other states. Collectively, this class has an average two-part SAT score of 1564. 21 of the 24 received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship program, 5 were high school valedictorians, two were high school salutatorians, and six were Presidential Scholar candidates.

Scholars are expected to maintain ongoing community service and campus leadership commitments; become dynamic change agents for the university, the region, the state, the nation, and even the world; and seek to embody the commitment and generosity of the McDermott family as role models of community engagement and philanthropy.

Bethany is from Gilbert, AZ, and plans to major in mechanical engineering.

Class of 2017 McDermott Scholars

Minimum Qualifications for the McDermott Award:

  • 1450 or higher on the old-style two-part SAT (verbal and math) or
  • 1490 or higher on the new-style two-part SAT (verbal and math) or
  • 33 or higher on the ACT
  • First-time college freshman
    • AP, IB, CLEP, and Dual-Credit acceptable
    • Current UT Dallas students or Transfer students not eligible

Additional Considerations

  • A class rank in the top five percent of their graduating class
  • Long records of leadership in school and community volunteerism
  • Broad and eclectic interests in science, literature, and the arts
  • Social skills to interact easily with adults as well as peers

Great Hearts Key Statistics:

  • The Great Hearts SAT average over the past five years is 1210, a 200-point advantage over the national average.
  • 98% of Great Hearts graduates immediately attend universities and colleges, with 2% participating in military service or a gap year; 54% of graduates pursue a STEM-focused course of study in college.
  • The 340 graduates in the Great Hearts Class of 2016 were admitted to 327 colleges and universities in 46 states and seven countries. In fact, graduates were accepted to 22 of the top 25 national universities according to US News and World Report.
  • The class of 2016 received an estimated $50 million in scholarships, averaging out to an astounding $147,000 per student!
  • Great Hearts academies performed well above state-wide averages on inaugural AzMERIT scores. Great Hearts’ pass rates were more than double those of peer district schools at the middle and secondary level, and +60% higher than peer institutions in elementary grades.
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