CPA Goes to College

Guidance counselors are an integral part of the educational system, and at CPA, they have provided invaluable support to our senior students, helping them to secure scholarships that total an impressive $1 million so far. 

David Cook, M Ed., Counselor has been working with 25 of his students that are currently dual-enrolled at Harris-Stowe State University. “Both scholarships and the opportunity for students to take college courses while still in high school can have a significant impact on their futures and I’m honored to play a role in helping them achieve their goals,” said Cook. 

CPA’s other counselor, Cierra Wourman, M Ed., took several students to Philander Smith College for a preview day and the student’s first HBCU homecoming. There, they were able to secure the prestigious Thomas Mason Scholarship. This scholarship covers full tuition and fees, a total of $49,656, and is an incredible achievement for these students. Additionally, several students also received $10,000 scholarships for their participation in the Summer Bridge program. 

Reflecting on the experience, Cierra Wourman said, "the majority of our CPA seniors will be first-generation college students. It is critical that our students have access to college campuses before making such a significant post-secondary decision. It was amazing to see how quickly our students adjusted to college life. They were asking a lot of questions, and their expressions showed that they could see themselves attending Philander Smith College. The trip was a huge success, and I hope to take more seniors on similar trips in the future." 

Congratulations to Ralph Times, Darric Williford, Sydnee Jackson and Ryan Gambleton, who were the recipients of the Thomas Mason scholarship!