BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Five Baltimore City High School seniors have been awarded full-tuition McDaniel-CollegeBound Scholarships to attend McDaniel College.

The students were surprised by McDaniel College’s Admissions and Financial Aid staff over a special Zoom announcement.

The scholarship covers full tuition for all four years at the college, a value of more than $160,000, the college said in a press release Wednesday.

Meet the five students:

Akinwumi Akinfenwa, a senior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, is a co-captain of the track and field team and aspires to be a neurosurgeon. Watch his announcement here.

Karen Cuahutepitzi, a senior at Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, is No. 1 in her senior class and aspires to be a midwife. Watch her announcement here.

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Kayla Gauger, a senior at Green Street Academy, writes for the Green Street Gazette student newspaper, manages her high school’s football and basketball teams, and aspires to be a lawyer to “help those convicted of misdemeanors and those falsely accused”. Watch her announcement here.

Credit: McDaniel College

Taylor-Simone Johnson, a senior at Western High School, has her own hair company, The Kulture Killer, that she hopes to expand in the future. She also aspires to become a Civil Rights lawyer and work to help those who are falsely imprisoned. Watch her announcement here. 

Valerie Reown, a senior at City Neighbors High School, says she wants to bring about change in society through art and writing. She has been working on a graphic novel that she hopes to publish in the future. Watch her announcement here.

Credit: McDaniel College

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