CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – It's an exciting time for two local high school seniors, who will receive Ivy League educations as a result of a million dollars in scholarships.
This is a special moment for these two teenagers, especially one of them, who recently lost her mother.
From sixth grade to high school, two best friends at Hampden Charter School of Science in Chicopee took several AP courses and maintained 4.0 GPAs.
"Me and Daphne have been best friends for a long time, and we just kind of say, hey, I heard about this, you should apply to this, and we kind of just trade ideas," senior Samantha Josephs explained.
It came as no surprise to the school's staff that both of these girls had been accepted to multiple Ivy League colleges.
Daphne Muhammed will attend Dartmouth College, while Josephs will attend Cornell University.
These girls received over a million dollars in scholarships as a result of their friendship, which they said made it possible.
"Applying to college is a stressful process, but have a support group like my support group, we're my close friends like Samantha," said senior Daphne Muhammed.
This was a special accomplishment for Josephs because she lost her mother just a year ago, a licensed practical nurse at JGS Life Care who was discovered unresponsive at work. Josephs’ father said she died of a heart attack, a story Western Mass News covered in November.
"That was also the day I lost my mother, so I started college all by myself," Josephs explained.
However, she stated that honoring her mother's legacy was what drove her to apply to these prestigious schools.
"That was my motivator; I had to do this for my mom, who was a huge advocate for education, and my parents are immigrants," Josephs explained.
Two best friends collaborating to achieve their goals; both students intend to major in science.