For a young academic like Caroline Gross, Thursday’s school day brought the kind of surprise dreams are made of.
The Trophy Club Byron Nelson High School senior was pulled out of class just before seventh hour, and when she arrived at the school’s office she found her family, teachers and administrators from Texas Woman’s University there to award her with a full ride scholarship to the school.
Gross was awarded TWU’s Chancellor’s Endowment Scholarship, the Denton university’s more prestigious scholarship.
The scholarship will pay Gross’s tuition and expenses at the school, totaling about $40,000.
Gross was also informed she’s already accepted into her intended major, nursing, and will be personally mentored by TWU Chancellor Carine Feyten who personally picked the teen for the award.
"Her leadership she's taken on in school, her service, it's really the whole package,” said Feyten.
Gross, who grew up in a military family and was born in Germany, has maintained a 4.0 throughout her time at Nelson and is currently enrolled in six advanced placement courses out of the seven classes of the day.
She’s also earned national merits at the school and is a leader in at least a few clubs and community activities, but Gross says her passion really lies in the academic.
"I don't have a lot of hobbies or extra-curriculars. This is what I love to do, I love learning,” she said.