Bluefield University has selected two incoming freshmen to receive its full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, Amelia Garrett from Mercer Christian Academy and Kailana Reed from Chancellor High School. These awards were presented by BU representatives at Garrett and Reed’s respective schools at the beginning of March.
“It’s so relieving—insanely, insanely relieving,” Garrett said. “I can save for my life now, and I don’t have to worry about paying for my college education. It’s such a blessing.”
“The scholarship to me is a representation of my hard work, my ethic, my morals, and what I’ve always stuck to: giving 110% effort all the time,” Reed shared.
The Presidential Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship awarded to two new freshmen each year and renewable for up to four years. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation, come to campus for an interview, and write an essay that is reviewed by select faculty members.
While enrolled at Bluefield University, Garrett and Reed expect to grow academically, spiritually, and personally.
“I really expect to make mistakes,” Garrett said. In her essay, she described her upcoming college years as a time for “learning to grow, learning to love, and learning to cherish (her) relationship with God over everything.”
“I talk about every single day how much I’m excited to come and join the family up there,” Reed said. “I really am excited about the campus ministries. That’s what I’m focused on and looking forward towards.”
Both ladies are interested in studying for a career in the healthcare industry upon their arrival. Garrett looks to become a physician’s assistant while Reed is excited to enter BU’s undergraduate nursing program.
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