The Creator: Zaire Giles
When students walk into our office seeking post-secondary support, they often come with dream school ambitions. For some, their dreams become reality, for others their dreams become catalysts for new journeys. The former is true for Zaire Giles, a senior from Obama Academy. Zaire, with over 20 competitive admissions offers, made the decision to matriculate to The Pennsylvania State University, the school on which he originally set his eyes. From day one, he declared his love for Penn State and revealed his desire to become a Nittany Lion.
Zaire’s goal of attending Penn State was solidified when he received the University’s Clark Scholarship, which provides 10 students with full tuition, room and board, and additional expenses paid. At Penn State, Zaire will study mechanical and electrical engineering and become an active member in the National Society of Black Engineers.
Zaire is one of the most creative, innovative, and dynamic students with whom we have had the privilege of working. He is a creator at heart, and an accomplished scholar athlete who has excelled at every level of his academic and sports careers. He is also an avid member of his high school’s government and entrepreneurship programs which have provided unique perspective and valuable learning experiences. We are so proud of all he has and will accomplish. We know he is destined for greatness and will create a better world in which to live.
At YES, we encourage students to believe that with faith, the impossible is possible. Zaire has exemplified this adage and has exceeded our expectations for him. We look to his next chapter with excitement and optimism.