Angele Noel won scholarship to pay for half of college

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Who gets a scholarship after arriving at the interview 30 minutes late? That's the question Angele Noel couldn't help but ask herself after receiving notice that she was a recipient of the Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship that pays up to half the cost at a college of her choice.

Noel, a junior at South Lancaster Academy, is one of just 25 students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be awarded this competitive scholarship. "My mom said, 'Maybe it was meant to happen this way so that you can never say that you got it on your own. You know forever that the only reason you have this is because God gave it to you," said Noel.

The Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who have overcome significant adversity in their life and show academic promise but whose socio-economic backgrounds and environmental conditions may inhibit their ability to attend college. One 10th or 11th grade student from each school in the state can be nominated.

Noel immigrated to the United States from Haiti when she was 6 years old. She is the third in a family of six children. "This scholarship opens up options that were unimaginable before," said Noel. "God will place me where He wants to place me."

Noel, an honor student and active in student leadership and community service, intends to study law and political science so she can work in international and human rights law. She had an internship with the Worcester District Attorney's Office this year. "No matter what I do I want to make sure I am making an impact in my community."

"Angele stood out because I knew she came from a background where her parents had come from another country and they had started from scratch with nothing and they had made a commitment to have her in an Adventist school," said Jeffrey Lambert, principal. "She has always been dedicated to her schoolwork and to helping the students in different organizational capacities such as being the president for the Student Association or helping with class office. She has a road map in place to do great things in the future as well."

Noel is the second SLA student to receive this scholarship. Hannah Knowles, graduate of 2017, won the scholarship in 2016 and is now attending Southern Adventist University.