2018 Scholarship Winners: Part 1

Last week we blogged about our 80th annual scholarship meeting, during which we awarded 18 scholarships to deserving American School graduates.  These students decded to earn a high school diploma at home by taking online high school courses and/or high school correspodnence courses.  Starting today and continuing all next week, we're going to profile three winners each day.  They come from across the country and have a wide variety of academic goals, career paths and personal interests.  We are proud of them and are happy to share their stories with you.


Henry Buresh Alumni Award winner Furyal from Georgia has always wanted to help people.  To that end, she plans to earn a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at Agnes Scott College and then continue to earn a MD/PhD.

“By going to medical school and obtaining an MD, I will be able to work in a clinical setting with patients and help people with immediate needs,” Furyal wrote.  “Having a PhD will allow me to work on creating new treatments and improving current ones to help people in the long run.  An MD/PhD will also allow me to work at a medical school in a teaching capacity, educating a newer generation of medical practitioners.”

When not in school, Furyal enjoys traveling, reading, knitting, biking and being involved in campus and medical administration activities.


With an impressive academic resume, one might find it difficult to keep R.T. Miller Founders Award winner Emily from Nevada down on the farm, but in fact, that is where she feels most at home.  She is studying agribusiness at BYU-Idaho and plans to one day own her own business. 

“Studying through American School allowed me to get my high school education while also gaining an education in agriculture through hands-on experience,” Emily wrote.  “In fact, I was so motivated in my desire to work in agriculture that I finished my American School courses early my senior year, giving me more time to work and learn on my family’s farm.”

Emily’s other hobbies include church youth groups and summer camps and volunteering at a community soup kitchen.


Presidents Award winner Jennifer from Montana graduated from American School half year earlier than expected, and that has allowed her to get a head start on her college classes at MSU Billings City College.  From there, she plans to transfer to Miles City Community College.

“I would like to become a first assistant surgical nurse.  The job entails me helping the doctor during surgery and making sure everything goes smoothly,” Jennifer wrote.  “To achieve my goal, I will need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing and then to go a specialized school for another two years.”

Although Jennifer plans to be in school for six years, she makes time for other activities, including a job at a local supermarket, figure skating, tennis and volunteering at a local hospital.