WANE 15 is again proud to partner with the University of Saint Francis to announce the school’s Pay it Forward scholarship. There are three finalists for the 2019-2020 academic year. High School senior Kevin Brown is one of them.
Working to unlock his full potential by serving others is a promise the young baseball player made to himself as a student at Adams Central High School. “For me growing up I always had both my parents,” said Brown. “If ever I wanted to throw a baseball around the backyard they were there. As I grew up I realized not every kid has that. So for me to be able to spend the summer and throw a baseball with a kid and maybe be that father figure that they maybe don’t have at home or they’re missing in their life is a really cool thing for me to do.”
Brown is part of the Adams County Cares Organization, specifically Recreation Nation. He coaches at-risk kids on athletics and more. “Kevin is a great kid,” said Bob Corral the Executive Director of Adams County Cares. He’s also Brown’s coach, friend and mentor. “Cares in collaboration with Adams Drug Court and Community Corrections to promote more drug-free high school kids and promote mentorship,” said Corral.
Brown has been a mentor for Care’s Drug and Opiates symposium for two years. “The first time I went it was really eye-opening because I didn’t realize it was happening in our community even in school. I’ve done research papers on opioids and it’s a thing I would like to promote against because of how prevalent it is in our community.”
Brown believes the Pay it Forward scholarship from the University of Saint Francis would help him accomplish that. “It’s cool to be a finalist and be in this position,” he said. “I’m planning on majoring in chemistry and going the pre-med route. I always hear about how great of a nursing program and pre-med program St. Francis has and when I visited it kind of had a homey feel and obviously the Pay it Forward is their big thing. They like to give back to the community around them and when I talked to one of the professors she told me about how in their chemistry classes they go out in the community and interact and I thought that was a really cool thing and cool way to promote Pay it Forward. It’s not just all talk but they really do try and go out and help the community.”
USF will award one full tuition scholarship which includes tuition and fees and two half tuition scholarships which includes the same, for the 2019-2020 academic year. Pay It Forward Scholarships are renewable up to four years.
The application for the Pay It Forward Scholarship is now closed. Applications were accepted through November 1, 2018. The winner of the full scholarship will be announced Thursday, December 13, 2018.