On the morning of November 22, 2019, Ben Reiff, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) was awarded a scholarship package by ACT, the nonprofit organization behind the ACTⓇ test. Along with 13 other students around the country, Ben received both a $15,000 scholarship and a $5,000 technology package that includes a laptop, tablet, monitor, and additional tech accessories. During his Mechanical Drafting Class with Mr. Hank Harrison, Ben was surprised by a visit from his parents and a BIG check! To present the generous award, ACT representative, Lindsay Douglas, was joined by Dean of Students, Mike Tarpey; Chad Sisk, College and Career Advisor; Lynda Rater, Administrative Assitant to the College and Career office; and Susan Ashby, a guidance counselor with LHWHS.
In August 2019, ACT announced that, with the costs of higher education on the rise, the organization would award 14 students with scholarship packages. It should also be noted that half of the awards would be reserved for students from low-income families and they would be eligible for a free waiver on the ACT test. Scholarship winners were chosen by random drawing and were automatically registered for the scholarships and prizes when they officially scheduled a test date, beginning with the October exam. In addition to the 14 scholarship packages awarded, over the course of the school year ACT will give away a variety of prizes totaling $65,000.
Congratulations on this exciting opportunity, Ben!