CWSP Workplace Experience Is Life Changing
Students all over the world have had to overcome unprecedented challenges in 2020. However, several students attending Cristo Rey Jesuit have not only overcome numerous challenges, but they have also risen to the top of the Class of 2021. Stephanie Lemus is the recipient of a full-tuition QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship to attend Bowdoin College, where she hopes to study forensics, and Nevon Dinh is the recipient of a full-tuition Posse scholarship to attend the University of Virginia, where he will pursue a degree in Human Biology with a minor in Public Policy. Stephanie and Nevon not only excelled in the Cristo Rey Jesuit rigorous academic environment, but as with all Cristo Rey Jesuit students, they also worked one day a week at major Houston-area corporations to gain workplace experience and to help pay part of their college-prep tuition.
Stephanie, who is Vice President of Cristo Rey Jesuit’s National Honor Society and has been on Cristo Rey Jesuit’s cross country and tennis teams, is Student Council Senior Class President and is a Cristo Rey Jesuit student ambassador. In her Corporate Work-Study Program (CWSP) jobs, she has worked for Grant Thornton LLP, Pulaski Law Firm, and AllianceBernstein.
Nevon, who is the Student Body President, is also a member of the National Honor Society, participates in Cristo Rey Jesuit’s performing arts group, and has been a member of the track and cross country teams, Investment Club, and Mock Trial Club, and is a senior retreat leader. As a result of working for Texas Children’s Hospital in his CWSP job in his sophomore through senior years, Nevon would like to become a pediatric oncologist. During his freshman year, he worked at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
“The Posse and QuestBridge scholarships are highly competitive,” said Cristo Rey Jesuit President Paul Beck. “We are incredibly proud of Stephanie and Nevon’s achievements, and proud to boast that they will be two of the more than 900 Cristo Rey Jesuit alumni who have been accepted to college, while receiving workplace experience. Every one of our alumni in our 12 years of existence have been accepted into colleges and universities all over the country.”