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Statesman Scholar Simon Kotto

On any given day at Richard Bland College of William & Mary, Simon Kotto can be found strumming his guitar. It’s a welcome diversion for the talented honor student from studying math and physics or learning a new language.

Kotto says making the decision to attend Richard Bland was based on the College’s academic programs and variety of social activities. “The rigorous academic curriculum and transfer agreements with top colleges throughout Virginia, specifically William & Mary, was a big draw for me,” explains Kotto. “I wanted a sense of community, and the ability to be around people who are hardworking and dedicated.”

Kotto’s family settled in Richmond after moving to Virginia from his native Cameroon. He is a Promise Scholar and member of the RBC’s Bridge Program that enables students to take classes at William & Mary. The experience has prepared him to transfer to his dream school following graduation in May.

“William & Mary has always been my top college choice,” Kotto says. “The school’s rich history, the rigor of its academics and alumnae’s contribution to society make the school very appealing. Being a Promise Scholar is a blessing. It means I can attend William & Mary without financial burden. I am grateful for the partnership that helps Promise Scholars realize their dreams of attending W&M.”

Kotto’s enriching academic experiences and the sense of community on campus are the two biggest things he cherishes about being an RBC student.

“All of my professors have pushed me to challenge myself,” Kotto says. “My time at RBC has been fantastic.”

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