The financial burden of seeking a higher education for four high school students graduating this spring has been eased somewhat with the awarding of $8,000 in college scholarships by the ASAP (Agency for Substance Abuse Policy) Board of Anderson County.
During a scholarship night ceremony at Anderson County High School on May 9, two of the four ASAP Board scholarships awarded this school year, valued at $2,000 each, were presented to Carly Lynch and Dalton Lewis, who both received the Inspiration Awards of Excellence from Donna Crain Drury, who represented the ASAP Board during the ceremony and serves as the Board’s coordinator.
Carly Lynch is enrolled at Spalding University in Louisville for the fall semester, where she plans to obtain a health science degree and later earn a Masters degree in occupational therapy. Her goal in life is to work at Kaiser Children’s Hospital after reaching her educational degrees to help children overcome physical adversities.
Dalton Lewis plans to attend Western Kentucky University this fall where he will major in mechanical engineering degree with a minor in business administration. He served this school year as president of the S.O.S. (Saving Our Students) Youth Coalition at Anderson County High School, which is sponsored by the ASAP Board.
The remaining two $2,000 scholarships, which are Leadership Awards of Excellence, have been awarded to Robert A. Bird of Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg and Suzanna Dowler of Our Lady of Victory Home School. Those students will be presented their scholarships later this month.
Suzanna Dowler will further her education at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College while studying towards a business degree. While in college she will work and learn in an apprenticeship under the owner of a Louisville upholstery and draperies business for furthering her plans to own and operate her own business one day.
Robert A. Bird is currently enrolled at Georgetown College where he will pursue a degree in history with a minor in political science. After college graduation, he wants to teach high school history or go to law school to become an attorney.
The Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board of Anderson County (also known as ASAP) is a group of people representing numerous community entities for the purpose of helping prevent substance abuse and use in the community of Lawrenceburg and Anderson County. Membership of the ASAP Board comes from a variety of community partners: healthcare officials, faith leaders, educational leaders, law enforcement officials, medical treatment providers, youth, parents, state/local agencies and local officials, and others.
It was created in 2012 to develop a strategic plan in Anderson County for reducing the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among youth and adult populations and to coordinate efforts among local agencies in the area of substance abuse prevention and with other interested parties.
The Board awards four scholarships annually in the amount of $2,000 each under two separate categories: Leadership and Inspiration Awards. In each category, the scholarships are awarded to a female and male Anderson County graduating senior.
The local ASAP Board is supported by the state Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) with its scholarship program being funded by the Justice Cabinet in Frankfort.
(photo credit: Hope Bixler Franklin)