Star Students honored for academics and service

Posted May 30, 2013

ACU recently honored 45 outstanding high school juniors from across the Big 
Country. Working in conjunction with the Abilene Reporter-News, ACU 
awarded $90,000 in scholarships to recognize the students and their 
families for demonstrated commitment to academic achievement and public 

“You really are star students,” said ACU president Phil Schubert. “You give 
us great hope that the future is indeed bright. We know you’re going to go 
on to great things, and we’re behind you every step of the way.”

This year’s field of el­igibility was expanded to evaluate 130 applications 
submit­ted by six judges. The 45 top students were recognized both for 
their high GPAs and their outstanding participation in school and community 
activi­ties. The students and their families were honored May 20 at a 
banquet held at ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center. Guest speaker Kevin Washington 
(’11) shared words of wisdom and encourage­ment.

Diamond Lawson, a 2012 Gold level Star Student and Cooper High School 
senior, congratulated the room of all-star juniors and urged them to make 
their final year the best. The year goes quickly, she said. “Show the world 
what we’re made of. It’s up to us to change and preserve the world we live 

The students also were offered three levels of scholarships to ACU: $1,000 
for Bronze winners, $2,000 for Silver winners and $3,000 for Gold winners.

“We see what your generation is passionate about – that you want to apply 
what you’ve learned to make the world a better place,” said Schubert. “We 
hear you, and that’s why our faculty is relentless about providing an 
education that not only informs, but also transforms.”

Hedge believes the event will grow as more students hear about the 
competition. “I think the more we can do for these students, the better,” 
he said.


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