Burnsville High School senior Oriana Penaloza Ortega has been named a recipient of an Act Six Scholarship, earning a full-ride to Concordia College, Moorhead.
Act Six is a leadership development and college scholarship program that brings together diverse, multicultural cadres of emerging urban leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.
Oriana plans to major in computer science with a concentration in data science.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity because apart from financial aid, the program will also allow me to further develop my leadership skills to make a positive change in my community,” said Oriana. “I am also grateful for all the people who helped me along the way, including my family, mentors and BHS staff. I am going to keep working hard to achieve more things in the future and meet my goals and dreams!”
“Oriana Penaloza Ortega is an exceptional young lady,” said Angela Markham, Burnsville High School counselor. “She has faced adversity that most students will never have to overcome in their lifetimes. Throughout her high school career, she has not only managed this outside adversity with poise and composure, but she has done so while maintaining a high standard of academic excellence.”
Markham added, “Oriana's positivity, leadership skills and eagerness to learn illuminate the true depth of her character. I am so proud of her and the exceptional work she has done to get to where she is today.”
An initiative of Urban Ventures, Act Six is Minneapolis-St. Paul’s only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership award. More information about the scholarship program can be found at https://www.actsix.org/mw/twincities/.