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High School Success Stories

Learn about some recent Washburn School high school graduates and their success stories! 

Story #1 : Valeria Maldonado (2017 Senior)

  • Started at Washburn School : Year 2004 - Kindergarten
  • Acceptances: St Lawrence University, Iowa State, Boston University
  • Committed to: St. Lawrence University in New York
  • Awards : $253,200 in scholarships, grants, and funding from St. Lawrence University 

Spanish Translation : Valeria Maldonado ha sido estudiante de nuestro colegio desde Kindergarten hasta duodécimo grado; exactamente 13 años (2004-2017). ¡Recientemente confirmó que va a asistir a la St. Lawrence University en Nueva York, donde obtuvo becas que ascienden a más de $253,000 durante su bachillerato! ¡El retorno de la inversión de estudiar en un colegio que prepara para la universidad y con un currículo de inmersión total en inglés, como lo es Washburn School en Ponce, Puerto Rico, no tiene límites!

¡A otros estudiantes se les ha ofrecido becas académicas y atléticas en los Estados Unidos que ascienden a más de $300,000, en estados como la Florida, Missouri, Massachusetts, Ohio, Nueva York, Nuevo México, Iowa e Indiana!

Hemos incluido fragmentos de una carta que Valeria envió a uno de los nuestros, Ronnie Lopezcepero, quien también recibió becas del 2015 al 2017, mientras realizaba investigaciones y terminaba dos títulos de postgrado en la University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

English : The return on investment of studying at a college preparatory, total English immersion K-12 school like Washburn in Ponce, Puerto Rico is priceless! Valeria Maldonado has been with us at Washburn School for thirteen (13) years since kindergarten (2004-2017)! She recently committed to St. Lawrence University in New York, where she obtained scholarships and grants that amount to over $253,000 over her four-year bachelor's degree!

Other students have been offered academic and athletic scholarships in the United States that amount to above $300,000 in Florida, Missouri, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York, New Mexico, Iowa, and Indiana!

With her permission, we have included excerpts of a letter that Valeria sent to our very own, Ronnie Lopezcepero, who was also awarded scholarships and grants from 2015 to 2017 while conducting research and finishing dual graduate degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


"...I'm writing to give you the update I promised from my visit to St. Lawrence University (SLU), with hopes that you can enjoy a little of my experience and maybe pass what I learned and my overall experience in SLU to others. So without further ado, on Thursday, April 20, I arrived in Canton, NY, and was amazed at how different it is from Puerto Rico and the upcoming adventure I was in for. I was received at Saint Lawrence University with open arms. It was truly an emotional moment for me because the only other educational institution that I have been in for basically all of my elementary, middle school and high school career that has received me with open arms has been Washburn School.

...It was then and there that I began to feel a bit nostalgic. I remembered all the good times, the great people, the caring staff, and the wonderful memories I had been able to create at Washburn.

...What drove my decision to go to college so far away from home was that SLU made it a home way from home in the little time that I was there. Aside from that, it has a great sense of community, diverse student body, and it provides excellent networking connections after graduation. Another aspect that I valued the most was that SLU allows students to explore different fields while pursuing their degree. On this journey, I was still learning more about the world around me and of the university itself, because in every corner there was something new to learn and discover.

...This experience was everything I was looking for, and like Washburn School, St. Lawrence feels like home.

...Finally and as you can see, my experience surpassed my expectations, but I would like to end with a huge thank you to Washburn and personally to you and your family because you have helped build my educational career in more ways than one. You have created an environment where I feel comfortable and have served as a guide whenever I needed one. I owe all of that to Washburn School. So, I urge you to continue with such excellent educational service and with this incredible sense of community and family, because you will see exceptional students pursuing great dreams. I am proud to be a Washburn school student and will proudly be a Washburn Eagle forever."

- Excerpts of letter from Valeria Maldonado to Ronnie Lopezcepero