Meet A USCSF Scholar
Welcome to a news series featuring Nassau County Student Scholars who were awarded $5,000 essay scholarships from USCSF. These members of the University of US Class of 2020 submitted winning essays on the topic:
The Electoral College: Should it be abandoned, or should we keep it, and why?
Fernandina Beach High School
Congratulations! Our first featured Scholar, Carly Terry of the Fernandina Beach High School Class of 2020, is the winner of $10,000 in scholarships from the U.S. Constitution Scholarship Foundation: $5000 each for her Freshman and Sophomore years.
Carly will be attending the University of Florida's Innovation Academy, majoring in Advertising and minoring in Innovation. Already an entrepreneur, Carly has worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for the past two years, and plans to continue her photography business in college.
"I am so thankful for the opportunity to have attended the University of US classes, and to write an essay on the Electoral College. Every speaker taught in an engaging way, and I learned so much about the Constitution that hasn't been explained as thoroughly in my school classes," stated Carly.
To qualify for the scholarship competition, students need to be a Nassau County high school junior or senior, achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA, complete the University of US program, pass a U.S. Constitution final exam and write a qualifying essay on a related subject which was judged in a blind competition.
Listen to Carly's interview in a recent podcast, “The Daily Signal” from the Heritage Foundation:
Watch Carly's Video:
West Nassau High School
James will be attending the University of Central Florida with a major in Accounting and a minor in Political Science. As a member of the Florida 4-H Legislature (as a House Representative for Nassau County), James also participated in Florida American Legion Boys State and was elected to be the Speaker of the Assembly (a legislative body comprised of 140 other members of Boys State).
James spent two years in high school with Youth Leadership Nassau and University of US, culminating his experience as a Student Mentor for YLN and Student Ambassador for UofUS. James was on the winning debate team in USCSF’s Constitution Bowl, representing WNHS. He also served as Percussion Lieutenant of the West Nassau Warrior Marching Band.
James rounded out his high school career by performing 100+ hours of community service, passing four AP tests, and interning for the Robert M. Foster Justice Center while continuing his AP and Dual Enrollment education. He was also President of the WNHS National Honor Society while earning straight-A’s during his senior year.