GREENSBORO, NC (WFMY) -- Life just got a little sweeter for a local high school senior.

Po Rmah (pronounced ruh-MAAH), a senior at Page High, will be awarded $10,000 each year for four years at a North Carolina state school for college!

The scholarship comes as a part of Po being named the 2018 Kernodle Scholar by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

The scholarship is named after Guilford County education advocate, John R. Kernodle.

The prestigious award is given to one student each year aspiring to be a teacher and committed to returning to teach in Guilford County Schools.

Po came to Greensboro with her parents and six brothers and sisters to flee religious and ethnic persecution.

In her application essay for the scholarship, Po described her experience adjusting to her new school and reality.

“I will always remember my first day in my first American school. I was very lost and I felt really out of place. No matter how hard I tried to be normal, I was always sticking out from the rest of my classmates.”

Po and her family belonged to the Montagnard community, who are mostly of Christian faith and who also provided aid to American forces during the Vietnam War.

“The teachers in my life have made such a difference to me. I know what it feels like to be afraid, to need help, and to be in the dark. I would be honored to give light to kids that feel like that, too.”

Po has decided to attend Western Carolina University after graduation!

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