Scholar Story – Middle School Application Letter

Scholars join us in 6th grade as they transition from elementary school to middle school. For many, this is one of the largest transitions they’ve experienced in their young life – entering not only a new campus but also a time in which they have to learn to become much more independent. It is a nerve-wracking time for many, but it’s also filled with excitement for the future. 

As a part of the application process to our Academy program, scholars write us letters detailing why they want to become a part of BHGH and how they think our program can help them. Manuel, a sixth grader who started with us in August, captured the ambition, excitement, and challenges that so many of our scholars face in his application letter. 

His excerpt reads, “I find this program very interesting because BHGH helps bright and intelligent children who do not have the economic resources to have a better education. Being a part of this program would help me to achieve my goals of having a university degree and being able to buy my parents their own house.”

Manuel’s dedication to his education, and his yearning for a fulfilling future for himself and his family, is what inspires us as we work to prepare our scholars day after day. Of course, Manuel’s aspirations aren’t without some hesitation about his upcoming transition. 

“Changing schools makes me a little nervous because it includes making new friends, new teachers, and a new campus. But it also makes me very excited to know all the classes that I will have access to.”

Providing children with opportunities that they otherwise would’ve missed out on gives them a chance to thrive in life and make a difference in their communities. A Catholic school education in particular tends to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults. To see those opportunities and be cognizant of those beyond yourself is an aptness that BHGH seeks to nurture and develop throughout all 11 years of our scholars’ journeys.