Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and areas outside the contiguous United States
- Layton Gregory Barker
- Lydia Marie Ham
- Caroline C. Travis
- Jacob Michael Amburn
- Courtney N. Bowles
- Zachariah H. Waldroup
Layton Gregory Barker
Mebane, N.C.$12,000 College ScholarshipUniversity of North Carolina - CharlotteCharlotte, N.C.Major: Business Mathematics, AccountingParents: Gregory and Loretta Barker
Layton graduated from Eastern Alamance High in Mebane, N.C., where he was valedictorian and co-president of his school’s National Honor Society chapter.
Community service is a priority for Layton, who regularly volunteers through his local Kiwanis Club and donated his time to the Special Olympics.
“Service allows me to connect with people and invest my time in worthwhile causes that benefit my local and extended global community,” he says.
Lydia Marie Ham
$11,000 College Scholarship
Major: Music Education
Parents: Patrick and Sarah Ham
Lydia graduated from Lyndon Institute in Lyndon Center, Vt., where she participated in dance, chorus and band.
A long-time Vermont Children’s Theater volunteer, Lydia enjoys sharing the magic of theater with youngsters. She plans to become a creative arts therapist for children with special needs.
“Theater helps kids learn confidence that will help them throughout their lives,” she says.
Caroline C. Travis
$10,000 College Scholarship
Major: American Studies
Parents: William and Margaret Travis
Caroline graduated from Glasgow High School in Glasgow, Ky., where she was a National Merit Finalist and a member of the school’s competitive dance team.
Through her participation in Glasgow Community Theater, Caroline promoted arts appreciation in her local community.
“The organization allows people to expand their horizons and live out their talents and passions,” she says. “While I love performing, I also love to expose people to the arts and help them realize their full potential.”
Jacob Michael Amburn
$9,000 College Scholarship
University of Tennessee
Parents: Richard and Victoria Amburn
Jacob graduated from Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Va., where he was an AP Scholar, member of the football team and youth basketball coach.
“Basketball taught me how to work on a team, how each player was vital to the unit as a whole,” explains Jacob. “By coaching, I was able to give back what I had learned to the children in my community.”
Jacob plans to enter the medical field and help work toward a cure for cancer.
Courtney N. Bowles
$8,000 College Scholarship
Parents: Charles Bowles and Jill Adams
A member of National Honor Society, Courtney graduated from Ravenswood High School in Ravenswood, W.Va.
After college Courtney plans to pursue a career as a mathematician or actuary.
“I love math,” she says, “and the West Virginia State Math Field Day showed me that I’m not the only person my age who wants to make a career out of it.”
Zachariah H. Waldroup
High Point, N.C.
$7,000 College Scholarship
North Carolina State University
Parents: Charles and Misty Waldroup
Zachariah graduated from Southwest Gillford High in High Point, N.C., where he played lacrosse, ran cross country and was a member of the environmental club.
Through his church, Zach had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta and New Mexico to serve homeless communities. “These trips made me realize how I could change someone’s day with just a simple conversation,” he says. “Just a smile or a small gesture of caring toward someone can change their whole outlook. That lesson has changed the way I deal with people I meet and those I already know.”