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The Circle of Excellence “Emerging Scholar” Award Committee presented its first scholarship to Trenton Robinson during the Jim Hill High School Class Day event in May 2015.

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Stellar students from the Jim Hill 2011 International Baccalaureate (IB) Class created the award to promote high scholastic achievement and encourage leadership and exceptional community service to the school and the community.

Related information: International Baccalaureate Program

To receive the award, students must be graduating seniors from Jim Hill an apart of the IB program. Students must have maintained at least 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, maintained good standing with the school and demonstrated academic achievement, community involvement and school involvement. They must also be enrolled in a four-year institution to receive the scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to students upon evidence of enrollment at a four-year institution of higher learning.

Related Information: Circle of Excellence “Emerging Scholar” Award

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Robinson graduated in the top 10 of his senior class, finishing No. 4 with a cumulative 3.51 GPA. While at Jim Hill, he served as the president of Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, president of the National Honor Society, the baritone section leader of the Jim Hill Choir and earned the highest average in IB Spanish and IB Math Studies.

Robinson is also one of two IB students who will receive the IB Diploma in December at the IB Diploma Graduate Program, granting him college-level credits for specific academic courses in a general college curriculum.

Robinson said when he found out that he would be receiving the diploma, he felt accomplished.

“I never thought that I would actually get the diploma and I ended up with the highest composite score,” Robinson said. “I honestly was just worried about scoring high in math, but getting the diploma was a plus.”

Currently, Robinson is classified as freshman but he is a sophomore by hours. He is a computer engineering and mathematics double major. Robinson is actively involved in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education (IMAGE) organizations.

Robinson said beyond the scholarship helping him with his college expenses, it has boosted his confidence to continue to work toward his goals in life.

“Receiving this scholarship showed me that I can achieve anything that I put my mind to and work hard at,” Robinson said. “It gave me confidence to apply for other scholarships, in hope that I may receive others as well.”

Robinson also said that if he could give senior IB students any piece of advice, he encourage them to remain persistent in reaching their dreams and to embrace the idea of beginning a new chapter in life.

“If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, and If you can dream-and not make dreams your master, then you can succeed and obtain your IB Diploma, just like all of the dreamers before you. College is awesome, and your first semester is way easier than IB,” Robinson said. “In happy moments, praise God. In difficult moments, seek God. In quiet moments, worship God. In painful moments, trust God. In every moment, thank God.”

Applications for the 2016 Circle of Excellence “Emerging Scholar” Award will be released in the month of December. For more information about the COE Award, email jhhsescholar@gmail.com.

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