AK Ramakrishna, CHS Senior, Wins Jefferson Scholarship
AK Ramakrishna, a senior at Clarence High School, has been awarded one of the most highly selective merit scholarships in the nation. The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia selected AK as one of 38 recipients of the Jefferson Scholarship. He will commence his studies in the fall at U.Va.
In order to be named a Scholar, candidates must undergo a rigorous, highly competitive, multi-stage selection process. This year, over 2,000 students were nominated for the Scholarship, and 118 finalists were invited to take part in a four-day competition at U.Va., which included seminar discussions, essay and mathematics examinations, as well as interviews conducted by U.Va. alumni and faculty.
The 38 selected recipients of the 2019 Jefferson Scholarship boast a number of significant achievements and AK is no exception. Listed below are some of his achievements while at CHS:
- Score of 5 on all 7 AP exams
- Boys Nation Senator representing New York (1 of 2 chosen out of 1,000 at NY Boys State), received the American Legion Citizenship Award
- Founder of studentsforaction.org
- Board Member of The National Federation for Just Communities of WNY, received the Community Youth Leader Award
- Scholar-Athlete All-WNY Boys Basketball Team and Varsity Golf Team
- Clarence District Safety Task Force Member
- President of CHS Interact Club
- Co-Editor of School Newspaper
- Member of Superintendent's Advisory Grouup
In addition to receiving the full cost of attending the University for four years, Jefferson Scholars benefit from a number of enrichment programs sponsored by the Foundation, including travel abroad, career networking activities, an outdoor challenge program, and a leadership speaker series.