Local club announces scholarship recipients
Valerie L. Valdez | Herald correspondent | Posted: Friday, May 6, 2016 4:30 am
On Thursday, Ellison High School senior Keana Shaw formed a new memory she won’t soon forget: It was the day she received a college scholarship.
“It means the world to me, and I’m going to do my best at Central Texas College and beyond,” Shaw said. She was one of nine seniors honored during the 2016 Education Celebration Luncheon held at the Boys & Girls Club of Central Texas on Elms Road in Killeen.
The Gordon Graves Green Vest Scholarships went to five seniors and pay for books, tuition and fees to attend two years of college at Central Texas College and then complete their bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. Her mother, Phyllis Shaw, is an administrative assistant at the club and knows how much children benefit from the club’s activities.
“Keana has been a member of the club since 2009 and has a lot of volunteer hours that has helped her,” said Phyllis Shaw.
A crowd of about 80 people applauded winners as they accepted their certificates.
During her keynote address, Amy Bawcom, director of college development at Central Texas College Foundation, mentioned the excellent ranking of the local Boys & Girls Club.
“Out of 4,000 clubs nationwide, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas ranks 10th for number of clubs with 27 clubs and second in Texas for average daily attendance with more than 2,100 youths,” Bawcom said.
She focused on the four main components that each scholarship recipient showed, including a positive attitude, creative thinking and enthusiasm with lots of hard work.
“Optimism is what makes something happen that might not be a success, but with all of these qualities, you can turn them into a success,” she said.
Another Ellison High School senior, Dayjah Cobb, will use her scholarship to help her get a good job in the future.
“I want to become a radiation therapist and with this scholarship; that’s possible,” Cobb said.
Five other seniors received Ashley Furniture Homestore Killeen/Fort Hood Scholarships. One of them was Isaiah Valadez, a Lampasas High School senior, who wants to work as a child counselor. He shared the honor with his family.
“I had all their support and love to make this happen for me,” Valadez said.
Gatesville High School senior Allysen Hudson will start at Central Texas College in the fall with her ultimate career goal of education.
“It means that I have a head start on my future.” said Hudson.