EDMOND — The Edmond Rotary Club recently awarded five $2,000 scholarships, and the students were chosen in large part for their community service.
Receiving the scholarships were Amanda Atkins, Chad Jones, Mady Hendryx and Lilly Matthews from Edmond North High School, and Kassidy Muse from Edmond Santa Fe High School.
Atkins will join the Oklahoma State University equestrian team and study applied exercise science, and pursue a veterinary degree in equine physical therapy. She has been president and vice president of the Edmond Light Horse 4-H Club, treasurer of the county club, and has qualified for two national finals horse shows. She has earned many 4-H awards and volunteered nearly 400 hours for 4-H and at Coffee Creek Therapeutic Riding Center for disabled children, according to a news release.
Jones, a state AP scholar, plans to study electrical engineering at Southern University in Baton Rouge. He is a top state vocal musician, among other honors. Jones volunteers at his church and is a black belt in Tae kwon do, in which he is a Y volunteer teacher. With the belt, he thought he could “take on the world,” but his mentor humbled him: “Being a black belt means you are automatically a teacher. It’s really the first step to your future growth,” he said.
Hendryx said she will study music performance and pre-med at OSU, eventually “practicing medicine in the morning and performing at night.” A three-year, all-state orchestra member, she received top state ratings in solo/ensemble in double bass and the State Superintendent Arts Award. Hendryx is an Edmond Fine Arts Institute volunteer, served in the Youth in Government legislature and will attend the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.
Matthews plans to study nonprofit marketing at OSU. She is a four-year member of the cheer team, which accomplished top state honors two of her four years. An after-school nanny, and a waitress and lifeguard before that, she has been involved in the Youth Leadership Edmond and Youth Exchange OKC, raising money for SmartStart Central Oklahoma to fund early childhood literacy.
Muse has qualified for all-state volleyball, academically and athletically, and plans to walk-on at Rice University. She plans to earn a doctorate in psychology research. Muse, a valedictorian, volunteered during the 2013 Moore tornado, at Special Olympics, with her club tryouts, for the Heather Harkness Memorial tourney and at the food bank, among other venues.