CONTRIBUTED PHOTO -- West Feliciana High School Principal Abby Cochran, left, with senior Mika Cooper.

Mika Cooper, of West Feliciana High School, is among five Baton Rouge Youth Coalition Senior Fellows to be named QuestBridge Scholarship finalists.

QuestBridge connects high-achieving, low-income students to full scholarships at partner colleges, a news release said. QuestBridge selects approximately a third of its 13,500-plus applicants as scholars who then apply to the partner colleges of their choosing.

QuestBridge Scholars are chosen in December. Finalists who are not chosen as scholars can apply to any partner college during the regular decision round.

Two years ago, Superintendent Hollis Milton invited BRYC Executive Director Lucas Spielfogel to discuss a partnership with West Feliciana High School.

"I am very excited about the opportunities BRYC is offering to our students. Mika is a very hardworking and well-rounded student. She has so much potential, and I am thankful for the opportunities that BRYC has afforded her," Milton said.

“Mika is an incredibly driven young woman who has unlocked so much opportunity through her hard work," Spielfogel said. "We could not be prouder of her, and we cannot wait to share more good news about her in the weeks to come.

“BRYC is proud to work with students from West Feliciana. We hope that we can deepen our partnership with the school and support more students as we introduce transportation into our formal service offerings.”

Mika’s top-choice college is Vanderbilt University.