A Santa Maria student from Pioneer Valley High School has been awarded a full-ride scholarship to Yale University.
Evelyn Letona Robles ranked first in her 2021 class with a weighted GPA of 4.83, according to district officials.
She was awarded the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship through a program that connects high-achieving seniors from low-income backgrounds with a full four-year scholarship.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I am extremely excited to continue my education at Yale. I want to give special thanks to my parents, the teachers, the school district, and the AVID program for preparing me for the rigors of an Ivy League education. I hope that my example can inspire other Santa Maria youth to follow their academic and collegiate dreams," said Robles.
Robles will be a first-generation college student in her family.