Berryville, AR. Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Kerusso Founder and CEO, Vic Kennett, announced the 2012 academic scholarship recipients for local students. The annual awards have been part of the Kerusso Scholars Program since 2004.
“For the past nine years, we have been fortunate and proud to acknowledge the young men and women who represent our community through hard work and servitude to others,” stated Mr. Kennett. “This year, we are able to honor two exemplary young women who are the best of the best. Emily Hale and Meghan Scholtens have the vision and determination to help make our world a better place for generations to come, I am proud to be able to help them realize their dreams.”
Emily Louise Hale – 2012 Kerusso $500 Art Education Scholarship. A former Page for the Arkansas House of Representatives, Emily will be attending Harding University in the fall. Harding is a private Christian School in Searcy, Arkansas where she plans to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design.
“I know Harding can help me achieve my dream of studying art,” stated Ms. Hale. “My home schooling background allowed me to be a more hands-on student in an environment that cultivated the discipline and determination I’ll need to attend school away from home.”
In addition to dancing since the age of four, Ms. Hale has been heavily involved with community service activities, including volunteering with the Loaves & Fishes Food Bank and 4-H fundraisers benefitting the Mission Clinic of Berryville. She also served on the Youth Advisory Committee of the Carroll County Foundation, Berryville Public Library Summer Reading Program, Painter’s Palette Art Studio; Missoula Children’s Theater as Assistant Director, Berryville Community Center Dance Troupe Backstage Assistant and was a First Christian Church Worship Arts Volunteer.
Her honors and awards include being named to the Carroll Country 4-H Honor Club, Leadership Club, and State O’Rama Livestock Skills Team. Ms. Hale has also been acknowledged as the Arkansas State Fair 2nd Place Senior Livestock Skills Contest winner and the Top 5 Showman awards, in addition to being both the Carroll County and Northwest District Fair Senior Showmanship Winner – Sheep.
Meghan Scholtens – 2012 Kerusso $500 Business & Ministry Scholarship. A 2012 graduate of Berryville High School, Meghan will attend John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas this fall where she plans to focus on Biology and Intercultural Studies. Upon graduation, she will attend a two year “fast-track” Physician’s Assist program in order to realize her dream of becoming a medical missionary in East Africa.
“I believe with all my heart that I am supposed to change the world by spreading the word of God through healing,” noted Ms. Scholtens. “I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life, because I have been planning on this since I was 14 years old. I will need all the financial help I can get, so the scholarship will be a great blessing to my family and me.”
Ms. Scholtens has been very active in her community including participation with the Berryville Food Bank, The Poverty Project, 30 Hour Famine, The Water Project and Community Blood Drives. She has also been a FCCLA member from 2007-2012 where she held the Vice President of Community Service Office in 2009-2010. Additionally, she was involved with the FBLA, Art, and Foreign Language Clubs; Sophomore and Senior Class Treasurer; Junior Class President, Student Council Representative and Officer; FCA Officer, CATS (Choir and Theater Students) President; the Berryville Choir, Concert and Marching Band and the Berryville First Assembly of God Youth Worship Band; and a member of the Quiz Bowl and National Honor Society.
Meghan’s multitude of Honors and Awards include FCCLA STAR Events Competitor – Silver at National in 2009, and Gold at State 2006-2009; Honors Banquets, Elks’ Club Student of the Quarter and the Year; Rotary Student of the Month and nomination to attend the Arkansas Governor’s School. She also received “1” ratings in Solo and Ensemble Band as well as “Superior with Invitation” and Merit Awards by the Arkansas Fine Arts Festival.