The Begley Scholarship is a highly sought after, incredibly competitive program named after the sixth president of Lindsey Wilson College, John B. Begley. The Begley Program extends an invitation to elite students throughout the country each year to come and interview before a selection committee on a day known as Scholars Day. Even being invited to apply is an honor. Applicants must show leadership potential, citizenship, personal character, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a minimum score of 24 on the ACT. Each year, 90 students come to Columbia in hopes of being one of only three incoming freshmen to earn the honor of becoming a Begley. Once earning entry into the program, students receive full tuition for four years, as well as room and board, amounting to a total of around $85,000. Additionally, LWC students in the Begley Scholar Program receive a variety of non-financial rewards as well, including meals with the LWC president and trips to Hemingway’s four great American cities.
Scholars Day was held on Saturday, February 3rd on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College. Two local students, Reagan Grider and McKenzie Pruitt, were among those applying. After waiting for over a month, both young ladies received phone calls on Tuesday, March 20th from LWC President Dr. William Luckey telling them that they had received entry into the program. Due to the prestigious nature and tough competition of the Begley Program, it is rare that any local student receive this award, so Cumberland County High School is incredibly excited to have two students that have been named as 2018 Begley Scholars.
Reagan Grider is the daughter of Jessie and Candace Grider and the sister of Lani Grider.
McKenzie Pruitt is the daughter of Jimmy and Melissa Pruitt and the sister of Zachary Pruitt and Katie Huff.
The accomplishments of these two young ladies go to show that the Cumberland County School District is in the business of changing lives and helping students pursue their dreams. These accolades also show how hard Ms. Grider and Ms. Pruitt have worked and how determined they have been over the course of their academic career. The faculty and staff of CCHS consider Reagan and McKenzie to be assets to our school and community and cannot wait to see how this scholarship allows them to be successful in the future.