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Begley Scholars Day 2014 February 2014
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Begley Scholars Day Attracts 140 High School Seniors from 8 States

Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 [10:14 PM]

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Joanie Alexander knew that being named a John B. Begley Scholar at Lindsey Wilson College was a big deal. But when she received it in 2010, she didn't realize how much the four-year scholarship would change her life.


"Little did I know that my experience at Lindsey Wilson would change my life in numerous ways or that it would open my eyes to the bigger world that awaits me upon graduation," Alexander told more than 300 guests at the 2014 Begley Scholars Day luncheon.


A total of 140 high school seniors came Saturday to LWC from more than half of Kentucky's 120 counties and seven states to compete for three of the scholarships. Valued at more than $160,000, the four-year scholarship covers tuition, room and board.


Alexander, an education senior from Brodhead, Ky., said the Begley Scholarship is much more than a free ride.


"The experiences that I've had at Lindsey Wilson are far more than I could have ever dreamed of when I envisioned what college would be like," she said. "My journey at Lindsey Wilson opened various doors of opportunity that revealed my true passion. … Being a Begley Scholar has truly been the opportunity of a lifetime … and this was only the tip of the iceberg regarding my experience at LWC."


Alexander told the students that Lindsey Wilson is a place "where you can and will reach your full potential and have immense amount of opportunities to achieve success."


LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. told the students and their family members at the luncheon that the Begley Scholars Program is unique in U.S. higher education.


"I don't know of another program like it in the country. … What makes this scholarship so distinctive is the experiences our students enjoy," he said. "It is quite simply a world-class experience and world-class education."


Students who were invited to compete for the Begley Scholarship had a minimum ACT composite score of 24, a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a class ranking in the top 10 percent at the end of their junior year of high school.


Students submitted an essay and then interviewed on Saturday with a committee of LWC faculty and students.


Unlike many scholarship programs, the Begley Scholars Program is also opened every spring to one returning LWC student, which Luckey said gives students a second chance to earn the honor.


"If you don't receive the Begley Scholarship in your first attempt, then just prove to them that you made a mistake," he said.


Although only three incoming LWC freshmen are named Begley Scholars, Luckey said historically about 60 of applicants become LWC students.


"You can get a world-class, quality education right here at Lindsey Wilson College  where you can compete well and get accepted to high-quality, highly competitive graduate schools, whether you are a Begley Scholar or not," he said. "This is a dynamic place where you can accomplish amazing things with a committed and caring faculty."


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