Lindsey Wilson College Holds 20th Scholars Day
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 [12:23 PM]
Isaac Humphrey (left) and his mother talk
to LWC Professor of History David Moore in Biggers Sports Center
during the Academic Program Fair portion of Scholars Day 2017
Humphrey, a high school senior from Paducah, Ky., was one of over
90 students attending Scholars Day with hopes of receiving the
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson
College held its 20th Scholars Day on Saturday, February 4. The
Begley Scholars program,
named after LWC's 6th President John B. Begley, was
launched in 1997 and is to this day the most prestigious
scholarship awarded by the college. The three incoming freshmen
that receive the scholarship are granted full tuition, room and
board for their four years at Lindsey Wilson College. Trips to
Hemingway's "Great American Cities", research projects and a
multitude of other activities also encompass the Begley Scholar
More than 90 high school seniors and their family members -- who
were from throughout Kentucky and the region -- came to LWC's A.P.
White CampusSaturday for the annual Scholars Day.
The candidates spent the morning interviewing with panels made
up of LWC professors, staff, students and alumni. Parents learned
more about Lindsey Wilson College in their own session and all of
the candidates took part in ice-breaker games to get to know one
another. After the morning sessions, the annual Scholars Luncheon
took place in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center
where students heard from current Begley Scholar Lane Thompson and
LWC alumnus John Brown from the class of 2013.
"At first Lindsey Wilson was not somewhere I really wanted to
be," said current Begley Scholar Lane Thompson. "I wanted to go to
a big school where I could be comfortable being just a number. But
after being convinced by my admissions counselor to try out for the
Begley and attending Scholars Day my whole viewpoint changed."
Thompson, who is from Center, Ky., said that without LWC,
there are many opportunities he would have missed out
"Over my past three years here, I have been educated by world
class professors, made life-long friends, and experienced countless
moments that would not be possible without LWC and the Begley
John Brown, 2013 alumnus of LWC and Clinton County native,
also spoke to those in attendance at the luncheon. Brown is just a
few months away from receiving his doctorate in pharmacy and MBA at
the University of Kentucky. Although Brown competed for the Begley
Scholarship, he was never awarded one during his time at LWC. Brown
said that being away from Lindsey Wilson for four years after
graduation has given him a clearer perspective on what his time on
the hill meant.
"Lindsey Wilson is a phenomenal
institution," said Brown. "I believe that this is one of the
greatest collegiate families that exists within this nation. There
is truly a place for any willing student to find your niche' here
at Lindsey Wilson College."
Brown said that his education at LWC prepared him for graduate
"I was able to develop a passion for biological and chemical
sciences," said Brown. "I have absolutely no reservation in saying
that the instruction provided by professors at LWC was of equal and
very likely greater quality than any I have received since."
Later this spring, three high school seniors who
attended Saturday's invitation-only event will be named
John B. Begley Scholars, LWC's most prestigious scholarship.
Traci Pooler, Dean of Admissions at LWC, told the students and
parents at the luncheon that it's not only the Begley Scholars at
LWC that do great things.
"For every Begley Scholar accomplishment I can name ten other
accomplishments of people that were never named Begley Scholars",
said Pooler. "So I hope that what you take home today is that
Begley Scholarship or not, you can receive a top-notch world class
education at Lindsey Wilson."