Begley Scholars Day Attracts 140 High School Seniors from 8 States
Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 [10:14 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Joanie Alexander knew
that being named a John B. Begley Scholar at Lindsey Wilson College
was a big deal. But when she received it in 2010, she didn't
realize how much the four-year scholarship would change her
"Little did I know that my experience at Lindsey Wilson
would change my life in numerous ways or that it would open my eyes
to the bigger world that awaits me upon graduation," Alexander told
more than 300 guests at the 2014 Begley Scholars Day luncheon.
A total of 140 high school seniors came Saturday to LWC
from more than half of Kentucky's 120 counties and seven states to
compete for three of the scholarships. Valued at more than
$160,000, the four-year scholarship covers tuition, room and
Alexander, an education senior from Brodhead, Ky., said
the Begley Scholarship is much more than a free
"The experiences that I've had at Lindsey Wilson are far
more than I could have ever dreamed of when I envisioned what
college would be like," she said. "My journey at Lindsey Wilson
opened various doors of opportunity that revealed my true passion.
… Being a Begley Scholar has truly been the opportunity of a
lifetime … and this was only the tip of the iceberg regarding my
experience at LWC."
Alexander told the students that Lindsey Wilson is a
place "where you can and will reach your full potential and have
immense amount of opportunities to achieve success."
LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. told the students and
their family members at the luncheon that the Begley Scholars
Program is unique in U.S. higher education.
"I don't know of another program like it in the country.
… What makes this scholarship so distinctive is the experiences our
students enjoy," he said. "It is quite simply a world-class
experience and world-class education."
Students who were invited to compete for the Begley
Scholarship had a minimum ACT composite score of 24, a minimum
cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
and a class ranking in the top 10 percent at the end of their
junior year of high school.
Students submitted an essay and then interviewed on
Saturday with a committee of LWC faculty and students.
Unlike many scholarship programs, the Begley Scholars
Program is also opened every spring to one returning LWC student,
which Luckey said gives students a second chance to earn the
"If you don't receive the Begley Scholarship in your
first attempt, then just prove to them that you made a mistake," he
Although only three incoming LWC freshmen are named
Begley Scholars, Luckey said historically about 60 of applicants
become LWC students.
"You can get a world-class, quality education right here
at Lindsey Wilson College where you can compete well and get
accepted to high-quality, highly competitive graduate schools,
whether you are a Begley Scholar or not," he said. "This is a
dynamic place where you can accomplish amazing things with a
committed and caring faculty."
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