BETHANY, W.Va. – Ten future Bethanians will receive the Kalon Leadership Scholarship, an annual $2,500 award based on leadership, character, service and academic performance.
The Kalon Leadership Scholarship, which is for incoming freshmen, is competitive, and candidates are chosen by College faculty and staff through an application process that includes an interview and an essay discussing leadership achievements.
The 2013 Kalon Leadership Scholars include Alaina Roberts of Lisbon, Ohio; Christine Pray of Canton, Mich.; Megan Lindley of Bentleyville, Pa.; Sarah Ferrier of Greensboro, Pa. ; Andrew Bondi of Williamstown, W.Va.; Aidan Garvey of Wellsburg, W.Va.; Ashley Worst of Apollo, Pa. ; Michelle Paugh of Fairmont, W.Va.; Grant Ashcraft of Woodstown, N.J.; and Sarah London of Whitehouse Station, N.J.
Alaina Roberts, daughter of Michelle and Mike Roberts and a Beaver Local High School graduate, plans to study Physical Education and Sports Studies, held leadership roles in both Buckeye Girl’s State and also her school’s volleyball team. Alaina served as her team’s captain, and she helped with the organization’s youth camp and fundraisers. She also held a city council position on Buckeye Girl’s State, through which she made key decisions for those involved.
Christine Pray, a graduate of Canton High School, was chosen as a Kalon Scholar due to leadership positions she held, which included organizing events and fundraisers as her high school’s swim and dive team captain. Daughter of Barry and Leslie Pray, Christine furthered her leadership skills by while acting as assistant coach of the middle school swim team. Christine’s involvement also extended to her community, as she’s served as her church’s praise team leader. Christine will major in Communications and Media Arts at Bethany.
Megan Lindley, who will study Business Administration at Bethany, held numerous positions at Bentworth High School. Those include captain of her varsity cheerleading squad, and she was also section leader for the marching and concert bands both her junior and senior years. Daughter of Ken and Gina Lindley, Megan volunteered through the Olivia Scott Foundation, collecting prom dresses for underprivileged teenagers. She is also active in her church, serving as an assistant priest and aiding with bible study.
Future Biology major at Bethany College, Sarah Ferrier, daughter of David and Cassandra Ferrier, served as Maplestown Jr./Sr. High School National Honor Society vice president, through which she recruited new members and also raised money for breast cancer awareness and research. President of her senior class and student council, Sarah’s leadership skills included organizing fundraisers, graduation and the senior class trip. She also helped guide her varsity volleyball team while serving as its captain.
Andrew Bondi, a graduate of Williamstown High School, was chosen as a Kalon Scholar for his involvement in activities including student government, through which he served a student body president. Son of Andrew and Audrey Bondi, Andrew was his cross country team’s captain, and he received the coaches award for his skills encouraging and guiding his team members. He volunteered his time as a blood drive coordinator, helping plan and advertise the event. He plans to major in Communications and Media Arts.
Aidan Garvey, who plans to pursue English Creative Writing at Bethany, was involved in both choir and Drama Club throughout her four years at Wheeling Central Catholic High School She was the senior soprano first chair and head of on-stage drama, respectively. The daughter of William and Carolyn Garvey, Aidan was a member of Rhododendron Girls State and also Teens 4 Life, and her contributions included designing artwork for programs and fundraisers. A three-year member of the National Honor Society, Aidan maintained good grades and tutored underclassmen.
Ashley Worst, a future Equine Studies major, is the daughter of Jeffrey and Susan Worst. Ashley served as the secretary of Apollo-Ridge High School’s student council for two years, through which she increased member involvement in outside activities. She was also the president of Book Worms, a club that works with the high school’s library. Ashley led the club in decisions, such as which books to purchase and who would assist in keeping the library in order. Ashley was also involved in athletics: She increased the members of the distance track and field program, due to her contributions and drive as captain.
Michelle Paugh, daughter of James and Pamela Paugh, will major in Physical Education and Sports Studies. A graduate of East Fairmont High School, Michelle has served as her high school soccer team’s captain for two years, and has coached recreational and Special Olympics soccer throughout her 12-years of playing the sport. As president of her school’s French Honorary, she helped organize a trip to Washington, D.C., and she also organized a donation of Valentine’s Day cards and stuffed animals to a nursing home. Michelle was involved in other fundraisers, such as a community donation drive and also a program that buys and wraps Christmas presents for children.
Grant Ashcroft, son of John and Deborah Ashcroft and graduate of Woodstown High School, was part of the swim team for ten years. As co-captain of the varsity team for the 2012-13 season, Grant helped lead the team to a winning season, and had one swimmer go to the state competition. He helped mentor underclassmen to lead the team in the future. Ashcroft will study Social Work at Bethany College.
Sarah London, a graduate of Hunterdon Central Regional High School, worked as an assistant supervisor at a daycare facility for five years, plans to continue working with children with a degree in Education at Bethany College. The daughter of Brian and Karen London, Sarah was her high school soccer team’s captain, and she organized team meetings and encouraged her teammates. Also working as a soccer trainer for two years, she worked with younger players to help them improve.
Kalon Scholarship maintenance is dependent upon student involvement in the College community, a good citizenship record and satisfactory academic progress.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.