Appleton Awards Scholarship to Sparkman Senior

Appleton Learning Awards $5,000 Scholarship To Sparkman High Senior
Recipient increased his ACT score 10 points from a 23 to a 33.

April 09, 2012 // // Appleton Learning recently announced their $5,000 Hometown Scholarship recipient. Corban Swain, a senior at Sparkman High School, was awarded the scholarship based on his ACT score increase.

The scholarship challenged area juniors and seniors to increase their ACT score as much as possible. Applications were judged on the total point increase from the applicants’ first test or baseline score and their final test score. Swain, a self-studied student, increased his ACT score 10 points from a 23 to a 33.

“Appleton believes every college bound student has the potential to excel and exceed their college admission exam goals,” said Jason Garey, a Market Director at Appleton. “Out of the 86 applications we received most students experienced between a 3 to 8 point increase on their ACT. It’s about setting goals and creating a game plan to maximize academic success. That’s why we created this scholarship opportunity and Swain is a very deserving recipient.”

The ACT is offered six times a year. Students can take the ACT up to 12 times. Appleton offers small group test prep courses and one-on-one test prep coaching leading up to each test date.

“On average our test prep students experience a 3-6 point increase,” adds Garey. “We cover content and test strategies.”

This was the inaugural year for the Appleton $5,000 Hometown Scholarship. It’s a scholarship that the Huntsville-based company plans to continue, implementing it in additional communities as they expand. Appleton will recognize Swain at the Sparkman High School Awards Banquet on May 15.

About Corban Swain

Corban Swain has a passion for photography and works as a freelance photographer and school photojournalist. His creative images have won both local and state awards. Second to photography is his love for origami; he teaches this ancient art of paper folding to kids and adults alike at a local art gallery. Swain enjoys tutoring his peers in calculus and physics, and he also serves as Vice President of the Spanish Club, having won two state awards for poetry recitation in Spanish. Swain is also actively involved with the track team, the technology team and the National Honor Society. This National Achievement Scholar has been accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CalTech, Washington University in St. Louis, and UAB. Swain’s desire is to pursue a Biological/Biomedical Engineering degree and he envisions a path to conducting biomedical research as a physician-scientist “working to perfect, innovate, and even invent treatment methods for pathologies troubling millions today,” Swain stated in reference to his future.

About Appleton

Appleton Learning is "Building a Smarter Tomorrow" by providing individualized academic coaching, test preparation and academic testing and assessments for students of all ages, based upon each student's geniuStyle™ learning personality. Recognized with numerous awards including the 2011 BusinessWeek 25 Under 25; U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 2010 "Top 75 Small Businesses in America"; U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 2010 "Blue Ribbon Small Business Award"; and Dell's 2009 "Small Business Excellence Award- Top 10 National Finalist", Appleton has locations in Huntsville, Alabama; Houston, Texas; and is opening two branches in Austin, TX , a branch in Franklin, TN and Brentwood, TN in the summer. To learn more about Appleton Learning, visit



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