ROSE HILL — Union High School senior Daisy Almonte is the recipient of a $1,000 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship from the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).
The award was presented to Almonte by NCAE Board member Tamika Walker Kelly during the school’s Senior Awards Program on May 19.
Awarded by the NCAE Human and Civil Rights Commission, the scholarships are given annually in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy. They provide financial assistance to graduating seniors who plan to further their education beyond high school. Selection criteria for students include character, personality, and scholastic achievement. The scholarship will be applied toward Almonte’s college education, who plans to study political science.
Rated number three in her class with the highest ACT score in the entire school, Almonte challenges herself and constantly strives to improve. Her college advisor said of her, “teachers always tell me that she’s meticulous with her work and always asks compelling questions in class. She always sends me essays to look over well before the deadline, and this semester, she has written a lot of essays!”
Academics are important to Almonte, who is president of the Key Club, a member of the Beta Club, and a member of the Superintendent’s List. She also finds time to volunteer in the community, serving as an interpreter at Union Elementary and Union Intermediate, and as an on-call volunteer for UCare, Sampson County’s domestic violence and sexual assault program.
Almonte said it was Dr. King’s beliefs and philosophies that have helped shape her goal and aspirations to battle some of society’s injustices.
“I want to major in political science so that I can know more about the ins and outs of our complex political system,” Almonte stated in a news release by NCAE. “My goal is to raise awareness on the injustices that I have witnessed as a female and minority and perhaps inspire and help better our society or make an impact.”
NCAE is the state’s largest education advocacy organization for public school employees and represents active, retired and student members.