After years of hard work, determination, and perseverance the senior class of Westminster Academy has been awarded over $5,000,000 in scholarship offers. The combined senior class has accepted $1,482,968 in scholarship money for the next four years, which comes to over $20,500 per student for each year of college.
Among the notable awards is Valedictorian Jake Hickman’s Naval ROTC National Scholarship, which he will use for his time at Auburn University starting fall 2018. This highly competitive scholarship will cover all of tuition, books, and additional educational expenses, as well as a living stipend. While at Auburn, he hopes to study political science or engineering, and upon graduation, Jake will be commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Of his time at Westminster, Jake said, “Specifically, I’ve learned how to thrive in a high stress and demanding academic environment which almost gets me excited to be challenged in college and then grad school after. While I feel thoroughly prepared for college and of course life, I regret to leave a school with community and teachers that have meant so much to me and have poured into me–making me who I am now.”
Salutatorian Luke Bolton will attend Covenant College as a Maclellan Scholarship recipient. The Maclellan program aims to build leadership skills and foster intercultural study among its participants. Luke is interested in studying theology, community development, and possibly music. “Westminster has prepared me in so many ways,” said Luke. “This school has taught me to think analytically, have respectful dialogue with those of differing viewpoints, and how to speak eloquently for the good of an audience. It has taught me how to pursue the good, true, and beautiful in all things. It has taught me how to foster lifelong friendships. It has taught me how to learn. It has taught me how to love. To be honest, one of the main reasons I chose to seek out Covenant as an option was because I wanted a similar equipping experience in college.”
Almost all of the seniors were awarded scholarships at their colleges of choice. Notably, Henry Renau will enter the Aerospace- Professional Pilot program at MTSU as a Trustee and Hope Scholar. Louise Klinke will be enrolled in the Honors College at Ole Miss with the Patterson Accountancy Scholarship. Lizzy Jorgensen and Laurel Peckham received Colvard Future Leader scholarships to attend Mississippi State, along with Jay Brandon also on scholarship. Laurel Martens, Hannah Newsome, Frannie Kellum, and Lucy Jones were all awarded the Holmes Scholarship at Ole Miss. Eagle Scouts Andrew Robinson and Chris Reed will both attend Mississippi College as Presidential Scholarship recipients, along with Will Fisher, Spencer Hayes and Sophie Tusant, all on scholarship. Sarah Winston Folk will attend Samford University with an academic and leadership scholarship. All of the seniors will be attending schools across the southeast, as listed below.
Jake Hickman, Valedictorian
Luke Bolton, Salutatorian
Middle Tennessee State University
Sarah Winston Folk
University of Memphis
University of Mississippi