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Local high school junior is one of three to land prestigious Coolidge Scholarship

Josh Kim still has a year to go
Posted at 6:14 PM, May 18, 2017

RANCHO PENASQUITOS, Calif. (KGTV) - A San Diego teenager is in pretty rare company. 

Joshua Kim, 16, is one of only three high schoolers across the country to be awarded the prestigious Coolidge Scholarship. The scholarship will cover Kim’s tuition, room, and board for any college or university in the United States.

“It was really exciting,” Kim said Thursday after a class at The Cambridge School near Black Mountain.

Kim, who is only a junior, said he has yet to decide what he wants to study in college because his school is well-rounded.

“It’s made me really love what I learn in a way that I don’t think I would have gotten at any other school,” he said.

Oddly enough, The Cambridge School, a private school with a classical Christian curriculum, is only 11-years-old and has not graduated any students yet.

“We have yet to prove ourselves,” said Kim.  “We don’t really have a long-lasting track record of successful graduates, or any graduates really.”

Kim was one of 2500 applications reviewed by the Coolidge Foundation. Three recipients were selected from ten finalists.

Kim said he has narrowed his list of preferred schools down to 40.