The 2017 Scholarship Winners Announced
With a city-wide initiative based on the idea that “a nation can only be strengthened one person at a time, one community at a time,” the Character Council of Edmond strives to promote good character in our community. In addition to the Champion of Character program, to recognize Edmond citizens who are making a positive difference in the Edmond community, their Senior Scholarships Program focuses on high school seniors who demonstrated good character in their daily lives.
Once again, the Character Council of Edmond has partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Edmond to offer $1000 scholarships to Edmond seniors. Seniors were asked to write a 400-450 word essay on how they exemplified a specific character trait or traits. One senior from each of the Edmond Public Schools high schools was chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship selection committee, comprised of a past Champion of Character, Kiwanis Club members, and Character Council Board members, had the arduous task of selecting three recipients from the thirty outstanding applications submitted. The 2017 scholarship winners were: Kylie May (Edmond Memorial); Alison Duke (Edmond North); and Cassidy Towe (Edmond Santa Fe).
In her essay titled Character Traits in Action, Kylie May focuses on the traits of benevolence, gentleness, and determination. She writes, “Regardless of the challenge I am faced with, I proudly accept it with a smile on my face and take it on with the determination of a leader.” Kylie’s list of accomplishments and involvement is very impressive. Besides volunteering for various organizations including the Miracle League Program, Kylie is a Bass player in the Edmond Memorial Symphonic Orchestra, takes concurrent classes at UCO, maintains exceptional grades, and works part time at Main Event Entertainment. Kylie will be attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall majoring in meteorology.
Alison Duke emphasizes the character traits of determination, decisiveness, and endurance. In her essay, Alison wrote, “The quality of one’s character is the platform for the decisions throughout life.” During her high school years, Alison has been active in Key Club, National Honor Society, Pre-Med Club, and serving as Junior and Senior Class Vice President. She is an avid volunteer both in the community and at her dance studio where she teaches dance to younger children. As Senior Captain of the Edmond North Pom Squad, Alison demonstrates how the character trait of decisiveness can truly make an impact not only on herself but her teammates and coach as well. In the fall, Alison will be attending Texas A&M University.
The third recipient, Cassidy Towe writes, “I have experienced lifelong lessons, learned the importance of good character, and made some fantastic connections. Edmond’s endless amount of opportunities has sculpted my personality into what it is today.” Cassidy focused on four character traits in her essay; compassion, determination, enthusiasm, and joyfulness. Whether volunteering in numerous organizations, working as a child care provider, or teaching flute to younger children, Cassidy continually demonstrates these character traits. Cassidy impressive accomplishments also include National Honor Society, Santa Fe Drum Major, and always having a positive attitude. Cassidy plans to attend the University of Oklahoma with a major in Biology.
Although these three young ladies were chosen to be the scholarship recipients this year, the selection committee was overwhelmed with the quality of the 30 applications received. Each applicant demonstrated both a commitment to their education and their community. When applying for a scholarship, a student who focuses not on financial need or academic excellence but rather on the magnitude of their character, the real winner is the Edmond Community!
Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Character Council of Edmond. Your generous contributions will be used to help fund the character scholarship program for Edmond high school seniors. Please contact them for more information by visiting their website at www.edmondcharacter.org or by mailing your contribution to the Character Council of Edmond P.O. Box 392 Edmond, OK 73083-0392. The Council greatly appreciates the support of the City of Edmond and the community.