Armin (received over $400,00.00 in scholarships) (2012)
I was a graduating member of the P.A.C.E. Class of 2012. In my first year at the University of Pennsylvania, I combined my interests in biology and business by pursuing a dual-degree program in life sciences and management at the Wharton School. Before looking to the future and taking on further exciting and challenging ventures, it is important that I remember and appreciate the values P.A.C.E. has taught and instilled within me. When I first came to P.A.C.E. in Grade 6, I was a shy boy who stuttered when he spoke and feared giving presentations before his classmates. However, the supportive and caring community of P.A.C.E. helped me grow and attain the confidence and skills necessary to become a successful student. Being placed in P.A.C.E., in a challenging academic environment, while receiving encouragement from my teachers and peers, enabled me to work hard, set myself high goals, and strive for greatness. P.A.C.E. taught me to settle for nothing less. Aside from the amazing academic resources, I had ample opportunities in co-curricular activities, ranging from Student Government, to Theatre, to Model UN, to Flag Football, that helped me both grow personally and become an effective leader. This combination of fantastic academic, social, and extracurricular opportunities is what I most cherish about my experience at P.A.C.E..
I thank P.A.C.E. for providing me with everything I could have asked for, and more. I will always reflect on my memories of P.A.C.E. and be sure to give back to this wonderful community that helped me become who I am today.