High school senior Lauren Molella is college bound with $69,000 in scholarships thanks to the Miss New York Outstanding Teen program.
Lauren entered the MNYOT program in June 2011, and caught the judges' attention. Although she did not win the national title last summer, she was the recipient of the Chancellor's Award in recognition of Scholarly Achievement and Outstanding Accomplishments from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. The award came with a $61,000 scholarship.
On a college visit, Lauren auditioned for the University's dance repertory ensemble and was awarded an additional $8,000. At the time, Lauren was just 16 years old.
“I emphatically thank everyone affiliated with MAOTeen pageant for all the opportunities afforded me including my education at Troy," Lauren said. "Thank you Troy University for accepting me not only to the school, but also to your fantastic dance program.”
Lauren couldn’t believe all this was made possible through Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Program. While visiting Troy University, she was thrilled with the college’s curriculum, the degree program she will pursue, and, of course, the beautiful campus and surrounding areas. Promptly Lauren decided Troy University was to be her new home. She will major in Pre-Med.
“I looked for a long time for the perfect college for me and I just hadn't found any college that seemed to have everything I wanted," Lauren said. "Troy had all of these options, a gorgeous campus, and everywhere I turned I met the kindest, and most helpful people. All those facts combined with the great weather led me to accept my scholarship at Troy.
Lauren completed advanced placement courses during high school, and as a senior, she went full-time to community college to earn an Associate's degree in science.
Source: Lauren Molella