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13 BCPS Students Awarded Full Scholarships to Top Colleges Through QuestBridge

13 BCPS Students Awarded Full Scholarships to
Top Colleges Through QuestBridge

Susana Mosquera, Northeast High School

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to announce the 13 high school seniors receiving the prestigious QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship. The nationwide program connects high-achieving high school seniors with full four-year scholarships to 48 of the nation’s best colleges. Each scholarship recipient is awarded a generous financial aid package provided by the college that covers the full cost of attendance, including tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and travel expenses.  

Congratulations to the following 2023 QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship winners: 

Charles W. Flanagan High School
Shnayjaah Jeanty, Columbia University                                                                           

College Academy at Broward College
Sofia Ayala, University of Southern California
Shalamar Brown, Boston College
Sofia Guarisma, Brown University
Kevin Pasquette, Vanderbilt University
Elizabeth Wright, Boston College 

Cooper City High School
Maria Balhara, Vanderbilt University  

Deerfield Beach High School
Duncan Xie, University of Notre Dame                                            

Northeast High School 
Susana Mosquera, Amherst College  

Plantation High School
Joanna Echeverri Porras, Northwestern University  

Pompano Beach High School 
Amber Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  

Western High School
Aaron Villegas, Vanderbilt University

These outstanding high school seniors have an average unweighted GPA of 3.94, and 94% are in the top 10% of their graduating class. Most of this year’s Match Scholarship recipients – 80% – are among the first generation in their families to attend a four-year college in the United States. 

“Broward County Public Schools is unwavering in its commitment to prepare students for post-secondary success,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Earlean C. Smiley. “The QuestBridge Scholars program is one of many opportunities students are encouraged to participate in to alleviate the financial burden of paying for post-secondary education at a top tier higher education institution.”   

Match Scholarship recipients are admitted early to QuestBridge college partners with full four-year scholarships that are provided by the colleges and universities, ensuring – for these students and their families – that an education at a top college is obtainable. QuestBridge’s college partners include top liberal arts colleges such as Amherst, Pomona, and Carleton and exceptional research universities such as Duke, Princeton, Stanford, University of Chicago and Yale.  


“Educating all students to reach their highest potential.” 
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962, serving more than 256,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 240 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 90 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 170 different countries and speaking 147 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at, and download the free BCPS mobile app.