Star Students honored for academics and servicePosted 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 service.
“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 in.”
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,”