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Lindsey Wilson College's 2016 Scholars Day

By Duane Bonifer

"Lindsey Wilson College is an ideal place to explore, dream and discover." That's what LWC alumnus John Brown of Lexington, KY, told more than 100 of the top high school seniors on Saturday afternoon.

The students and their family members -- who were from throughout Kentucky and the region -- came to LWC's A.P. White Campus Saturday for the annual Scholars Day.

Brown told the high school seniors at the luncheon, held in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, that "Lindsey Wilson is a truly phenomenal institution" with "an amazing collegiate family."

Brown, a 2013 LWC graduate who is studying for a doctorate in pharmacy and master's degree in business administration at the University of Kentucky, said Lindsey Wilson is an ideal place to explore, dream and discover.

"There is no greater place to do these things than at here at Lindsey Wilson College," said Brown, who is the chief pharmacy intern at UK Healthcare. "In fact, as I have advanced through pharmacy school, it has become very apparent that the one-on-one relationships that I was able to develop with my professors here, the small class sizes that allow each student to be actively engaged in his or her learning, and the exponentially encompassing experiences that represent a liberal arts education have provided me with an advantage over my peers who did not choose to take advantage of these types of opportunities."

Later this spring, three high school seniors who attended Saturday's invitation-only event will be named John B. Begley Scholars, LWC's most prestigious scholarship.

LWC senior Abigail Calhoun of Lexington, KY, told the students at the luncheon that in addition to LWC's outstanding academic programs, the college is also a place rich in diversity.

"The diversity on this campus is beautiful, and I am so proud to be just a small part of it," said Calhoun, who is a Begley Scholar. "The beautiful and diverse community, the amazing opportunities and the people who have become my family is what has made me fall in love with it. I have built solid friendships from people all over -- Kentucky, the U.S., Canada, Central America, Japan, Switzerland and all places in between."

In addition to receiving a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepared him for professional school, Brown said that the four years he spent at LWC also nurtured his leadership skills.

"I found myself able to explore leadership opportunities and to develop the soft skills necessary to effectively engage in student organizations," he said. "I discovered that the skills and the knowledge fostered by my professors and by my mentors here allowed me to serve my (current) colleagues in leadership."

The high school seniors and their family members heard from Brown and Calhoun after a morning spent interviewing with panels made up of LWC professors, staff members, students and alumni.

Gracie Kurtz of Brooksville, KY, attended LWC's 2016 Scholars Day because she hopes to major in biology or psychophysiology, which will help prepare her for medical school.

An alumna of the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program and president of her senior class at Bracken County High School, Kurtz said she was "a little nervous" when she interviewed with her scholarship panel, "until I got into the room and everyone was laid-back."

"At this point, I've done everything I can do," Kurtz said. "I just need to be myself and hope that they love me. It's in their hands at this point."


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2016-02-21 - V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. Lindsey Wilson College Dean of Students Chris Schmidt talks to parents and family members of 2016 Scholars Day guests Saturday in V.P. Henry Auditorium. - Duane Bonifer
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