WHS student named Jefferson Scholar
Westlake High School senior Bradley Katcher was named a Jefferson Scholar for the University of Virginia.
The Jefferson Scholars Foundation award is intended to cover the entire cost of attendance for four years at the University of Virginia, plus coverage of the supplemental enrichment experiences. Those opportunities include Team Challenge Program, Institute for Leadership and Citizenship, foreign travel studies, Alumni Connections Program, career counseling, public service fellows, and enrichment dinners and receptions.
Awarded solely on the basis of merit, Jefferson Scholarships are granted to candidates who have undergone a rigorous selection process. Jefferson Scholars must be nominated by their schools. Over 4,200 secondary schools are eligible to nominate in the regional competitions. Bradley was nominated by WHS Guidance Counselor Joan Jerome and was one of 15 students from the North Ohio region (stretching from Columbus to Cleveland) interviewed by a regional committee.
As one of 120 finalists to come out of the regional competitions, Bradley was invited to Charlottesville for the Jefferson Scholarship Selection Weekend in March, which included networking, tours, math tests, essays, interviews and other assessments. From there he was named one of the 36 Jefferson Scholars. He also was named an Echols Scholar through the University Honors Program.
At UVA, Bradley will study politics and economics. Thanks to AP credits, along with waivers of general education and pre-requisite requirements through the Echols Scholar Program, he will graduate in four years with at least a master’s degree and potentially begin his doctorate.
“I attribute my success to the high number of AP classes I took, as well as my participation outside the classroom,” said Bradley, who is graduating one year early. “This honor means that my hard work has all come to fruition. Thanks to the education I received at Westlake High School and my participation in extracurricular activities like Latin Club and Speech and Debate, I was selected as one of the best and brightest in the world.”
At WHS, Bradley is involved in Speech and Debate, Model UN, Latin Club, Ohio Junior Classical League State Executive Board, student council, Regional IT Engagement Board, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Certamen, math team and student tutoring.