Riana Tadonki ’22 has received a Match Scholarship Grant to attend Northwestern University through the 2021 QuestBridge National College Match. This national program connects high-achieving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds with full four-year scholarships to top colleges. In 2021, out of over 16,500 applications, only 6,312 students were selected as National College Match Finalists. Finalists exhibit outstanding academic achievement and qualify financially. Match Scholarship Recipients are admitted early to QuestBridge colleges and universities.
Riana has taken the most rigorous academic course load offered at Holy Cross taking all of the honors and AP courses available. She has also pursued the two most selective and rigorous academic programs at Holy Cross: the Sancta Crux Scholars Program, and the Madeleva Scholars Program. She has earned academic awards for Honors Geometry, Honors Being the Church, and Honors Algebra II with Precalculus. She is an officer in the Korean Culture Club and a member of the Environmental club and Robotics team. In 2019, her design was selected for the annual Holy Cross Christmas card.
Riana hopes to study the sciences, especially in the realm of biology: biomedical engineering, biochemistry, or neuroscience. She eventually wants to pursue medicine and health sciences. She is also interested in studying art, business, and foreign languages in college. She loves learning new languages and cultures as well as creative pursuits, and she is excited about college because it will allow her to study such a wide variety of subjects.