Walker College Foundation awards transfer scholarships
Walker College Foundation has awarded transfer scholarships to five scholars who have completed their associate in science or art degree from Bevill State Community College - Walker College Campus. Jonathan Sargent, Diego Pascual, Kayla Key, Lynsie Taylor, and Josie Walker will continue their higher education goals at four-year universities this fall.
Sargent will be transferring to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to complete his degree in electrical engineering. He also earned a Presidential Transfer Scholarship from UAB and was selected to the All-Alabama Academic Team and the All-USA Silver Academic Team. Sargent’s activities at Bevill State included serving as a Walker College Foundation scholar and mentor, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) officer, National Student Leadership Society member, Scholars Bowl participant, and a member of the Interclub Council. He volunteered as a math tutor for fellow students and has participated in community service activities including Rotary Club of Jasper’s Trivia Night fundraiser, Toys for Tots holiday toy drive and Capstone Rural Health Center’s holiday toy drive. He also serves with the AHMEN Honduras mission team. His future plans include a focus on developing renewable energy sources for third world countries.
Pascual will be transferring to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to complete his degree in biomedical sciences. He was also selected as a Smith Scholarship Foundation award recipient for his next two years at UAB. He is the first transfer student selected to receive this prestigious scholarship. Pascual’s activities at Bevill State included serving as a Walker College Foundation scholar and mentor, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) officer, and National Student Leadership Society Outreach Chair. He volunteered as a UAB Dental School Community Day translator, helped with UAB’s Community Health Screenings, worked in the Parrish Community Garden, and served as a soccer coach for Jasper Park and Recreation. He also participated in the Capstone Rural Health Center’s holiday toy drive. Pascual’s experience at Capstone has prompted him to set a goal of completing a degree in dentistry and making dental care more accessible and affordable to everyone.
Key will be transferring to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to complete her degree in Accounting. As a non-traditional student, Key attended Bevill State while working full-time at Pinnacle Bank. She is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Walker County and a member of Alfa Young Farmers Federation. She served as a Walker College Foundation scholar and volunteered with Pilot Club and Relay for Life. Her future plans include earning a Masters degree in Accounting.
When asked about receiving this scholarship, Key commented, “I was very honored to receive the Walker College Foundation scholarship this past year. The donors to these funds allowed me to accomplish my goal of going back to school to further my career.”
Taylor will be transferring to Auburn University to complete her degree in animal sciences with a focus on equine science. She also earned the Ever to Conquer Scholarship for Transfer Students and the Auburn University Board of Trustees Endowed Scholarship. Taylor’s activities at Bevill State included serving as a Walker College Foundation scholar and mentor and membership in Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Kappa Delta, Circle K, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She has volunteered with several organizations including EASI, Farmstead Veterinary Clinic, and Farmstead Veterinary Medical Center. Taylor’s future plans include earning a degree in veterinary medicine and veterinary biomedical sciences with a focus on large animal care.
Walker will be transferring to Athens State University to complete her degree in elementary education. She also earned a Presidential Transfer Scholarship from Athens State University. Her activities at Bevill State included serving as a Walker College Foundation scholar and mentor and membership in Phi Theta Kappa and the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. Walker also volunteered at the Walker College Foundation, served as a food bank volunteer at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, and volunteered for the Hope for Women Festival of Lights and the Salvation Army Toy Drive. Her future plans include a teaching math to 5th and 6th grade children because, according to Walker, “children are beginning to be introduced to algebra and similar concepts. Having a strong foundation in these concepts is vital for students to excel in higher math in the future.”
Walker commented, “Being a part of the Scholars’ Society has not only provided me with the opportunity to complete my first two years of college, it has also provided me with many opportunities to give back to my community while making lifelong friends in the process.”
In addition to these five scholars, Justice Evans was awarded a 2016 summer transfer scholarship to Auburn University after his first year as a scholar with Walker College Foundation. At Auburn, he finished 9thin his class of 73 in the industrial design pre-qualification summer class and was admitted into Auburn’s highly competitive industrial design program last fall.
“The WCF trustees recognize that many students want to continue their education beyond an associate’s degree, but the cost of two more years at a four-year university may hold them back. We want to give them an incentive to keep going, “ said William “Bud” Long, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “If they know they can earn additional scholarship funds to continue their education, they may be encouraged to work toward a higher degree. It is amazing what a person can accomplish if they know there are people supporting them along the way.”
The transfer scholarship program is new to Walker College Foundation and represents an effort to help current scholars work toward a four-year degree. Funds are awarded to the top four or five students who are current recipients of Walker College Foundation two-year scholarships and complete their associate in science or arts degree before transferring to a four-year university. At this time, transfer scholarships are one-time awards that range from $3,000-$5,000 each.
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