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Despite the week's winter blast, Lindsey Wilson College Begley Scholars Day attracts more than six dozen high school seniors
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By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College
COLUMBIA, KY - Bracken County (KY) High School senior Autumn Bishop made sure she made it to Lindsey Wilson College's 2015 John B. Begley Scholars Day.
She and her mother, Beth, began the more than 150-mile journey on Friday so they could navigate the state's weather-beaten highways. They spent the night in Lebanon, KY, and headed Saturday to the LWC A.P. White Campus, where Autumn Bishop was one of 76 high school seniors who interviewed for the John B. Begley Scholarship.
"The roads were good until we reached Springfield, then things got interesting," Beth Bishop said.
The Begley Scholarship is LWC's most prestigious and one of the more unique in Kentucky higher education. In addition to awarding students a scholarship that covers tuition, room and board, the program also includes a cultural-enhancement program. Three incoming freshmen will be named Begley Scholars.
LWC Professor of English Tim McAlpine said those three students will play an important role in LWC's future.
"These are people who are really going to be leaders when they come in," said McAlpine, who has participated in more than 15 Begley Scholar Days. "The people who come in for the interviews are always just bright kids. It's a real joy to have conversations with them."
In addition to posting strong high school grades, a high ACT score and demonstrating leadership skills, Begley Scholar candidates also interview with a committee composed of LWC faculty and staff as well as Begley Scholar alumni and current Begley Scholars.
Autumn Bishop, who is from of Brooksville, KY, said her strategy for an effective interview is to keep calm.
"I try to stay calm before interviews, it's help me to calm my nerves down and I just be myself in the interview," she said.
Mark Bischof of Strongsville (Ohio) High School also needed an extra day to travel to LWC. He and his mother, Patty, drove more than 400 miles from their northern Ohio home to Columbia on Friday. Before Bischof signed an LWC cycling scholarship Saturday afternoon, he spent the morning interviewing for the Begley Scholarship.
"When I came down here for the tour (in the fall), I liked it a lot," he said. "I heard about the scholarship program, so I decided to try out for that. ... It was quite a bit different than huge universities with thousands and thousands of people. It seemed more small and personal, so that's what I really enjoyed about it."
A personal education is what LWC alumnus John Brown told the high school students is one of LWC's chief benefits.
Brown -- a 2013 LWC graduate who is enrolled in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy's doctoral program where his is also pursuing a master's degree in business administration -- said his four undergraduate years were defined by "live, learn and lead."
"It's become blatantly obvious that the one-on-one relationships I developed with my professors, the small class sizes that allow each student to to be engaged in their own learning, and the exponentially encompassing experience that is a liberal-arts education have provided me with an advantage over many of my peers who did not enjoy these same experiences," said Brown, who is from Albany, KY.
This story was posted on 2015-02-22 03:24:11
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