Record 162 High School Seniors Compete for Three Begley Scholarships
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 [11:02 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The next generation of Lindsey
Wilson College student leaders were on the A.P. White Campus on
Saturday to compete for one of the more prestigious scholarships in
Kentucky higher education.
A record 162 high school seniors from 49 Kentucky counties and
11 U.S. states spent part of their day on campus to compete for one
of three John B. Begley Scholarships that will be awarded to
Named in honor of LWC Chancellor John B. Begley, who was the
college's seventh president from 1987-97, the scholarship covers a
student's tuition, room and board. Its four-year value is about
"This is an important day for you … but it's also an important
day for Lindsey Wilson as we choose the next generation of
students," LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. told the students and
their guests in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference
Luckey recalled that only 27 high school seniors competed for
the scholarship eight years ago, a sign of how much the college's
reputation has grown in less than a decade.
"The competition becomes more fierce each year, and our
challenge in choosing a Begley Scholar becomes more difficult,"
The students who were invited to interview for the Begley
Scholarship had to record a minimum ACT composite score of 24, be
ranked in the top 10 percent of their class, have submitted an
essay and received three letters of reference.
Students are awarded the scholarship based on a variety of
factors, but Luckey told them that "we're looking for students who
can have an impact" at the college and beyond.
"I don't know another program like the Begley Scholarship," he
said. "A lot of places offer full rides, but what makes this
scholarship so distinctive are the experiences. … It truly is an
amazing group of talented and incredibly bright young people who
are trailblazers for our college and future trustees."
Current Begley Scholar Amanda Cecil of Hodgenville,
Ky., said the program helped her prepare for law school.
She said she's already been accepted into several of the nation's
top law schools, which she credits to her LWC experience.
"Lindsey Wilson has provided me with innumerable opportunities
to use my potential," said Cecil, who will graduate in May. "I have
been accepted to … some of the nation's best and most competitive
law schools because I proved my potential. And I know I proved my
potential because I came to a school that afforded me the
opportunities to do that."
LWC alumnus Britt Jackson of Columbia recalled
being in the students' same place seven years ago. Jackson, who
graduated from LWC in 2007 and is now a pharmacist, told the
students "this whole process is going to benefit you immensely in
the future" because it will help them when applying to graduate and
If past Begley Scholars Days are any guide, Luckey said about 70
percent of the students will wind up at the college.
"And I can see why, because I don't believe that there is a more
dynamic, more vibrant, more happening college or university in
Kentucky or perhaps even in the South," he said. "In fact, the
transformation of this college has been dramatic. … Our foot has
been squarely attached to the accelerator."
In the last two years, LWC has hired 18 additional full-time
faculty; opened a classroom building and a sports park, which is
home to an outdoor spots stadium, baseball park and softball field;
and built two residence halls.
"What we've just done in the last two years is more than what
most places will do in a quarter of a century," Luckey said.