Congratulations to Ayriq Sims, a senior at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School who was chosen to receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Children's Defense Fund for 'beating the odds.' The CDF Beat the Odds scholarship and leadership development program recognizes extraordinary high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity in life to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership in their communities and continue their education. Ayriq is one of five students to receive the honor in Ohio.
Ayriq is the oldest of seven children and takes pride in being a big brother to his four siblings. His single mother has struggled and the family has faced extreme poverty. Despite his responsibilities at home, Ayriq maintains a 3.36 GPA. He started a mentoring and tutoring program for middle school students and is a student ambassador at Taft IT. Ayriq hopes to study business at The Ohio State University.
The Beat the Odds program helps to raise awareness about the challenges facing Ohio's children and the need for continued investment and advocacy. The individual experiences and stories of young people like Ayriq inform CDF's ongoing efforts to shape policies and change the odds for all children.
Congratulations to Ayriq!
Source: Cincinnati Public Schools
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