The scholarship, established earlier this year in honor of Student Sponsor Partners founder Peter Flanigan, provides up to $10,000 a year for four years of undergraduate study. It also gives winners advisory support to help them attend highly selective colleges and universities.
Student Sponsor Partners (SSP) has a similar goal and model as the scholarship, as a non-profit organization that gives at-risk students in New York City the opportunity to receive a non-public high school education at schools like Bishop Kearney. The non-profit gives students both financial support and a mentor who provides one-to-one guidance.
The scholarship honoring the SSP founder was a big deal for Guerrero, not only because college is the path to her dreams, but as Robert Frost would say, “the one less traveled by.”
“My parents never had the opportunity to finish college,” Guerrero said.
With a 96.8 average and ranked sixth in her class, Guerrero was a strong candidate for the scholarship.
The selection criteria for the scholarship included academic achievement and participation in leadership activities and community service. All applicants are part of SSP.
Bishop Kearney President Dr. Margaret Minson said that the entire school was proud of her making it as a scholarship finalist.
“The entire Bishop Kearney community is thrilled for Shannon and immensely proud of her success,” Dr. Minson said. “Shannon is a fantastic example of Bishop Kearney’s mission that every young woman has limitless potential.”
Though she was not selected as this year’s winner, Guerrero has certainly accomplished another one of her goals.
“One of my ambitions is to be a role model for younger girls,” Guerrero said. “I want to show girls what an enormous difference an education can make.”