BHA Announces 2014 Scholarship Winner
The Bloomingdale Homeowners Association (BHA) congratulates Bloomingdale High School Senior, Shannon Leahy, this year’s winner of the $2,000 Bloomingdale Community Scholarship in honor of former Principal, B.J. Stelter. Chosen from a field of highly qualified applicants, Leahy received the award at the May 13 Board of Directors Meeting.
Presented by BHA Scholarship Committee Chairman, Daniel Berkowitz, he said, “This year the competition was fierce, and Shannon’s application was exceptional.”
Exceptional, indeed. Fourth in her class, Leahy boasted a 6.6055 weighted GPA, was selected as an AP Scholar with Distinction, and for membership in numerous scholastic honors societies; including the National Honor Society and the Science Honor Society. In addition, she was a student athlete, captaining the Bloomingdale High School Swim Team and competing with distinction throughout her high school career.
Not only dedicated to academics and athletics, Leahy amassed 193 community service hours, crediting her volunteer experiences for “shaping who I am today.” Her volunteer service included working with underprivileged children and those with special needs.
Leahy will enter the 2014 Freshmen Class at The University of Notre Dame where she will study biology with a long-term goal of pursuing a career in medical research. She thanked the board and community saying, “I appreciate that this is from the community where I live, and only offered to residents.”
Berkowitz added, “This scholarship is a great opportunity for students who live in our community. Our applicant pool is small because of this, but based on what we reviewed this year, the quality of young adults in our community is amazing.”