CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Nine students attending Coral Springs and Parkland high schools have earned College Board Opportunity Scholarships, Broward County Public Schools announced this week.

The new national scholarship program, which the public school district is a part of, rewards students for planning and preparing for college. The program guides students through the college planning process by laying out six key steps they need to follow.

By completing each step, students earn a chance for scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000, according to a school district news release. Students who complete all six steps are eligible for an additional $40,000 scholarship to be awarded in March of their senior year.

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Unlike typical scholarship programs, College Board Opportunity Scholarships do not require an essay or application, and the program does not have a minimum GPA or SAT® score requirement, the news release said. Rather, students are recognized for their efforts to plan and prepare for college, making it open to all students. The more actions students take, the more chances they have to earn a scholarship.

All students can earn opportunities for scholarships by completing any or all six steps, including building a college list, practicing for the SAT, improving SAT scores, strengthening their college list, completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and applying to colleges.

Students can use the scholarships toward tuition, fees, books and other relevant undergraduate educational expenses at two- or four-year colleges.

The following students in Coral Springs and Parkland have earned College Board Opportunity Scholarships, according to the school district:

J.P. Taravella High School

- Raciel Antela

- YongTing Shi

- Chante Wright


Coral Glades High School

- Jillian Gooding


Coral Springs Charter School

- Shannon Wallace

- Alondra Mata

- Vivianna Mannarino


Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

- Isaac Christian

- Camryn Wolf