Roanoke 15-year-old earns college master’s degree

The city of Roanoke is honoring one of its own for her incredible accomplishments at a young age.

Alena McQuarter recently received her master’s degree in biology from Arizona State University.

The 15-year-old also launched the Brown STEM Girl Foundation, which has provided over $100,000 in scholarships worldwide.


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Malik Childs completed his schooling while working two jobs and carrying a full load.

McQuarter will begin pursuing a PhD in integrated biomedical sciences this fall at Loma Linda University in California. 

She also plans to get her doctorate in medicine.

Roanoke is located in Denton County, about 25 miles north of Fort Worth.