A Tooele High School senior has been selected for a national scholarship that recognizes students with an excellent academic record that have overcome adversity through perseverance.
Amanada Carreau, 17, is one of 106 college bound seniors nationwide to receive a $21,000 national college scholarship from the Horatio Alger Society.
“When I read the scholarship information, I thought of Amanda,” said Lori Cartwright, THS scholarship coordinator. “Amanda lost her mother when she was 11 years old and had to take on a lot of responsibilities at home. Despite that, she has done well academically, has been involved in a lot of school activities, and has been a great inspiration for her younger brother.”
Carreau has a 3.9 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Health Occupation Students of America, the psychology club, the science club, and plays violin in the THS chamber string orchestra.
With on-the-job training completed, Carreau works as a dental assistant for Tooele dentist Clair Vernon. Her aspiration is to become an orthodontist.
Carreau’s was 11 years old when her mother unexpectedly passed away.
“It was hard on our family, not only emotionally but also financially,” she said. “My mother not only worked and helped provide an income for our family, she also helped my father manage his construction business.”
The situation worsened for Carreau’s family when shortly after her mother died, the impact of the Great Recession caused her father to close the family-owned construction business.
“I appreciate all my father has done to support our family,” Carreau said. “I want to go to college so I can get a good job that will help me support my family.”
Carreau is not sure what college she will attend. The schools she has applied to include Westminster College, the University of Utah, and Cornell University.
Horatio Alger Jr. wrote many novels during the late 1800s featuring boys that rose out of poverty as a result of hard work, virtue, and the assistance of a wealthy benefactor.
The Horatio Alger Society was founded in 1947 to promote the American dream among the nation’s youth, according to the association’s website.