Kenyae Brown just finished up his 8th grade year at River City Scholars Charter Academy, and his work in and outside of the classroom earned him a $5000 College-Bound Scholarship.
Kenyae was surprised by his teachers, and leaders from the school who dropped off a giant check for him to open. Kenyae is a busy young man; he's a student-athlete who is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, a member of his church youth ministry, and he plays 4 different sports including his favorite, baseball.
"For me, education is just really important, because I like to always learn more and to be able to understand further, said Kenyae Brown. So with a college degree, I feel like it was opened more doors for me as well, as well as knowing having more knowledge about certain things."
Kenyae's dad is very proud.
"He's always been very driven, high achiever. So we are just really pleased with him and his academic work. He is a hard work always been since he started school, said Brown. And so I think it's just a great return on investment right now, for him. He's just saying how much he's put into it and it's the now what is starting to come out of it to get a scholarship in eighth grade is an amazing feat to accomplish."
River City Scholars Charter Academy is a member of the National Heritage Academies who offered the scholarship, and they had students from 89 schools in 9 different states competing for the award.
The scholarship looked at academic performance, community involvement, and a written essay to find their 4 finalists
. Kenyae is now deciding where he will go to high school; currently, it's between Grand River Preparatory and East Kentwood.