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Henry Arthur of Elberta High School Wins Essay Contest and Scholarship
Henry Arthur, a rising senior at Elberta High School, has been awarded a scholarship on a recent essay he wrote about Baldwin County Public Schools’ response to the COVID-19 school closures and meaningful instruction he received, despite not being in a traditional classroom setting.
IvyPanda.com asked students to “evaluate the contributions of technology to education.” Arthur’s work placed first out of 1,085 submissions. The essay contest is an annual event with the winner receiving a $1,500 scholarship. To see the announcement, visit https://ivypanda.com/blog/winner-announcement-essay-writing-contest-scholarship-2020/.
Below is Arthur's 1st Place winning essay:
Principal's Choice Scholarship Award to CJ McKee of Foley High School
Since its inception in 1987, the South Baldwin Education Foundation has awarded approximately $6 million in scholarships to qualifying seniors from Foley, Gulf Shores and Robertsdale, Alabama. We recently spoke to David Vosloh about the importance of creating a scholarship account with the South Baldwin Education Foundation and how giving back impacts the community. Established by the Vosloh Foundation created by David and Sue Vosloh, the Foley High School Principal's Choice Scholarship serves as an avenue to give back to the community they have embraced and have called home for the past two decades. Each year, the Principal at Foley High School selects one student as the recipient of the Foley High School Principal's Choice Scholarship. The award is renewable over four years totaling $20,000 per student.
When asked the importance of the Principal's Choice Scholarship and why it was decided to be Principal's Choice, David explained, "We believe the future of our country depends on people being educated. Many young people don’t follow their dream because they find the economics of going to college to be impossible, principally because of the lack of resources". He continued the conversation by giving us the history of the Vosloh Foundation and the dynamics of its contributions to the betterment of the community. "When we moved here in 1998, we adopted Foley as our home town. Our real estate development and construction company was very successful, so we decided to find a way to give back to the community. After establishing the annual cash awards program for the teachers, policeman, and fireman of the year, we decided to find a way to help students deserving to go to college, without getting into the political morass of selecting who receives the award. We could find no one person better aware of who wants to go to college, and their financial needs, than the Principal of Foley High School; that is why the award is called the Principal's Choice Scholarship award." He ended the conversation by encouraging the community to contribute to students' success in education by providing scholarship funds. "There probably are many more businesses, professionals, or retirees in our community who could do this also. Just imagine the return to our community if 50 more people did the same. If they want any encouragement or help with getting through the ropes, we would be more than glad to share our experiences with them."
This year's recipient of the Foley High School's Principal's Choice Scholarship is CJ McKee. Russ Moore, Principal of Foley High School had this to say, "CJ is an outstanding student and young person. He has a 3.80 GPA while taking challenging coursework and scored competitively on the ACT. He and his family have faced some serious challenges over the past year, and CJ has shown determination and character during that time. Like all of our scholarship recipients, CJ and his family were in need of the support of scholarship sponsors like the Vosloh Foundation – both financially and emotionally. Our scholarship sponsors truly give students and families a huge boost as they enter this new phase of life. CJ plans to attend Auburn University and study building science."
The South Baldwin Education Foundation is an independent non-profit charitable organization that provides a vehicle for various individuals, companies, clubs, and organizations that sponsor scholarships for higher education, to work together cooperatively, in a unified framework. The goal is to promote and encourage the expansion of financial aid to local students by providing an effective and simple process of administration of scholarship awards. This widespread community effort involves hundreds of volunteers annually. We are very thankful for each member and sponsor who contribute money and effort to serve the educational needs of our community's youth. To find out how to sponsor a scholarship, contact Gale Croft at 251-943-5520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete list of sponsors click here.
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