In addition to the 10 scholarship award winners that are named throughout the year, two students will be selected to receive $20,000 renewable SMWC scholarships. The two $20,000 scholarship winners will be announced in March.
Beth Allard is a homeschool student from Brazil, Ind., who plans to study music therapy at SMWC. Allard, involved in many aspects of music, plays piano, viola, studied voice for three years and participates in several church choirs.
Allard, earning honor roll status, held several leadership roles in the community. She believes valiance, vision and virtue are three defining characteristics of a strong leader. "I must develop theses disciplines in my own life as I strive to take my place as an effective influence in the world," she said.
Colleen Curley from West Vigo High School believes that respect and perseverance are two of the most important aspects of a leader. "Leadership doesn't necessarily mean becoming a hero, or even famous for that matter," she said. "It means being true to yourself."
She demonstrates her perseverance by earning her place on the exceptional honor roll, as the recipient of the Presidential Award and student of the month. Curley plans to seek a career in elementary education.