April 30, 2014
An Albemarle County student is receiving a big honor and a large financial boost for his college education.
Sean Means is a senior at Monticello High School and he's a 2014 recipient of the Ron Brown Scholarship.
School administrators and family came out for the announcement and celebration on Wednesday.
Means is 1 of 5,000 students to apply for the scholarship and just one of 26 receiving this award.
Means says this $40,000 scholarship is a great reward for his hard work and adds that it will help him attend Stanford in the fall.
"If you really push yourself and have the determination, you can go far. Through struggle and determination, you can succeed," said Means.
The President of the Ron Brown Scholar Fund says they look for young leaders who not only do well academically but those who give back in the community.
"We're so proud to even be reading his application and then more and more of the readers saw this, his name kept coming to the top. His folder kept coming to the top because he's just exceptional in so many ways," said Michael Mallory, President, Ron Brown Scholar Fund.
Means currently has a 4.0 G.P.A. and is a member of the Varsity football team at Monticello High School.
In addition to Stanford, he was also accepted to Yale and Brown Universities. Means plans to study international law and attend law school.