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UCS senior earns prestigious full-ride scholarship to Georgia Tech
UCS senior earns prestigious full-ride scholarship to Georgia Tech
Posted on 04/01/2022
Senior photo of Jack HayleyA Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies senior is among only 40 students nationwide to earn a prestigious full ride scholarship to  Georgia Institute of Technology. 
Jack Hayley has been awarded the Stamps President’s Scholarship that will cover his full costs for a degree in computer science with music technology at a college that has always been on his radar.
“Georgia tech captures the curriculum that I was looking for,” Hayley said. “It has a strong computer science curriculum that I can blend with music technology.”
The Stamps President’s Scholarship is available to 20 students attending Georgia Tech from out of state and 20 in-state students. 
In addition to covering full tuition and housing costs, the scholarship will also provide funding for Hayley to study abroad, take part in an unpaid internship or research, or attend conferences. 
Hayley said the scholarship is award to applicants who best demonstrate a commitment to representing the school’s pillars of scholarship, progress, leadership and service.
“The scholarship is viewed as an investment,” he said. 
They are pillars that he has modeled during his time at the district’s International Baccalaureate High school, serving on the robotics team Crevolution and helping develop a program for GLK-UAIS students in music technology.
Hayley began his K-12 career at Oakbrook Elementary until his family moved to China, where he eventually enrolled in an International Baccalaureate program. It was an experience he appreciates having available when his family returned to the United States last year.
“This is the level of rigor I needed to operate,” he said. “IB is very effective in preparing you for what college is going to be like.” 

"To have Jack return to UAIS after his experience in China has been incredibly rewarding for our learning environment, which places such a high value on international-mindedness,” IB Coordinator Chris Layson said. “Jack's passion and commitment to all aspects of the IB Diploma Programme have been evident. The entire staff is thrilled, but not surprised, that Georgia Tech also wants to benefit from Jack's wide-range of talents."