Two exemplary seniors from Irving Independent School District (ISD) have been selected among the 2,242 scholars nationwide to receive the prestigious 2023 QuestBridge National College Match, securing early admission and full-ride scholarships to some of the nation's top universities.
Grace Marquez – Duke University
MacArthur High School senior Grace Marquez, continuing a family legacy at the school, has earned a full scholarship to Duke University, one of her top choices. Inspired by her older sister Serra, a 2020 QuestBridge finalist who matched with Notre Dame, Grace has been actively involved in student council and discovered her passion for engineering through the SkillsUSA team.
Fascinated by the intersection of engineering and the medical field, Grace attended the summer research program at UT Southwestern, solidifying her love for biomedical engineering. With a clear goal of becoming an OBGYN and conducting medical research, Grace expresses gratitude for her supportive sisters, emphasizing the importance of knowing one's goals and preparing in advance.
Marie Friend – University of Chicago
Singley Academy senior Marie Friend, specializing in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) studies, is set to attend the University of Chicago on a full-ride scholarship. Acquiring skills as an emergency first responder, Marie aspires to continue her EMT studies in college while majoring in neuroscience on the pre-med track. Her goal is to become a researcher or clinician working with patients.
Active in various extracurricular activities, including student council, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Marie credits her mother as her biggest inspiration. Advocating for education and opportunities for all children, she believes in preparing the youth for the future to help them reach their full potential.