This fall, Shady Side Academy named Junior School pre-kindergarten student Abram Amos-Abanyie as its newest EQT Scholar. As one of only two EQT Scholars at SSA, Abram is the recipient of a scholarship worth full tuition for his entire Shady Side education through grade 12.
Founded in 2016, Shady Side's EQT Scholars Program covers full tuition beginning in pre-K or kindergarten through grade 12 for two students with demonstrated financial need. The program is funded by an endowment from the EQT Foundation, the charitable arm of natural gas producer EQT Corporation. Over 13 or 14 years, the scholarship is worth more than $300,000. Junior School fourth grader Adrianna Ballard is the other current EQT Scholar, named in 2016. Abram and Adrianna will remain EQT Scholars as long as they continue to qualify for financial assistance and remain in good academic standing.
Abram, who enrolled in senior pre-kindergarten at the Junior School this fall, is the fourth child in the Amos-Abanyie family to attend Shady Side, following siblings Emmanuel (grade 6), Levi (grade 4) and Elina (grade 1).
"We were speechless when we found out that Abram was being offered the EQT Scholarship," said Abram's mother, Kristin Amos-Abanyie. "We love being part of this community, and having the peace of mind to know that Abram's tuition is covered until he graduates is a huge relief. An SSA education provides a lifelong foundation, and we cannot wait to see all the amazing things our kids will do in the future. With three older children at SSA, we know that the teachers meet our children where they are and challenge them to improve. We are so excited for Abram to be a part of the school and watch him grow and challenge himself through all the opportunities SSA offers. He loves everything about school, especially his teachers and friends."
"Abram is a model student who sets an example of how to live The Shady Side Way every day," said Abram's senior pre-kindergarten teacher, Melissa Petitto-Kenny. "He is quick to help friends in the classroom, as well as teachers. He finds joy in learning and is always ready to try any activity we offer him, especially when it involves building structures or making art! He comes to school each day with a smile behind that mask. Abram's quiet kindness and big imagination are a gift to our class."Since its inception in 2003, the EQT Foundation has awarded more than $60 million to nonprofits throughout the operational footprint of the EQT Corporation. The EQT Foundation is committed to supporting the education and training of children and adults; the development of diverse, livable communities; and preserving our natural environments. Learn more at https://www.eqt.com/community/eqt-foundation/.