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2014 Begley Scholars Day draws 140 HS Scholars from 8 states

Seniors came from more than half of Kentucky's 120 counties and seven other states to compete for three of he scholarships. Valued at more than $160,000, the four-year scholarship covers tuition, room and board.
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By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College

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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Begley Scholars Day at Lindsey Wilson: Sulphur Well candidate



2014-02-23 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lane Thompson of Sulphur Well, KY, and Lindsey Wilson College admissions counselor Kendra Leveridge take a picture Saturday, February 22, 2014, during LWC's 2014 Begley Scholars Day. Thompson is a senior at Metcalfe County High School, Edmonton, KY. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College

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Begley Scholars Day 2014: Shelby Co. High candidate



2014-02-23 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Rachel McClain
of Mount Eden, KY, speaks to her parents, Glenn, left, and Paula McClain, Saturday morning, February 22, 2014, before the start of Lindsey Wilson College’s 2014 Begley Scholars Day. McClain is a senior at Shelby County High School. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College

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Begley Scholars Day 2014: Youth Performing Arts candidate



2014-02-23 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Lindsey Wilson College Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock, right, speaks to Justice Burda of Louisville, KY, during the Begley Scholars Day academic fair Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Biggers Sports Center. Burda is a senior at Youth Performing Arts School. At left is her mother, Melody Burda-Rodgers. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College
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Begley Scholars Day 2014: Icebreaker



2014-02-23 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Kaitlyn Jackson of Danville, KY, and Clay Priddy of Clarkson, KY, participate in an ice-breaker session Saturday, February 22, 2014, during Lindsey Wilson College’s 2014 Begley Scholars Day. Jackson is a senior at Boyle County High School, and Priddy is a senior at Grayson County High School. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College

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Begley Scholars Day 2014: Harrodsburg, Auburn candidates



2014-02-24 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Erin Pigman of Harrodsburg, KY
left, speaks with Lindsey Wilson College student Bailey Scott of Auburn, Ky., Saturday, February 22, 2014, during LWC's 2014 Begley Scholars Day. Pigman's mother, Michelle, was Scott's first-grade teacher. Pigman is a senior at Mercer County High School. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College

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Begley Scholars Day 2014: Conferring with admissions counselor



2014-02-24 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Abigale Chandler of Elizabethtown, KY, left, confers with Lindsey Wilson College admissions counselor Emily Carnall Saturday, February 22, 2014, during LWC's 2014 Begley Scholars Day. Chandler is a senior at Central Hardin High School. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College
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