Ce'Darius Glaze, a student at Therrell High School, recently won a scholarship from Sun Life Financial's Rising Star Award program and got his award in a big way.
Glaze and other Rising Star Award recipients took in a special VIP experience with Cirque du Soleil performers, learning the ropes of what it takes to do Cirque du Soleil. Then, after that VIP treatment, he was surprised with his $5,000 scholarship in a ceremony before the main event, a performance of the show Totem.
The Rising Star Awards are given to two nonprofit organizations and a student nominated by each of those groups. Glaze was nominated by the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA, where he is a camp counselor and peer leader. He also works (through the Atlanta Workforce Development program) in the nonprofit’s community kitchen every morning, participates in Teen Leadership programs, competes on the varsity track team and volunteers at a youth after-school program.
An avid reader, he is committed to becoming the first college graduate in his family and wants to study electrical engineering.
The YMCA will receive a $50,000 grant as well through the Rising Star program, which has awarded nearly $3 million to more than 50 students and almost 50 nonprofit groups throughout the country. The program expanded to seven cities for 2012.