By Patty Montagno
Kevin Clardy, a senior at Sachse High School, has been chosen to receive the City of Sachse scholarship. Clardy was chosen from a pool of 13 students who applied.
He was awarded the scholarship during a formal presentation at the May 18 council meeting.
Parks and Recreation Director Lance Whitworth told council that Allied Waste provided $1,000 to the city to be used for a scholarship for the upcoming fall of 2015 college semester. He achieved a 13-year perfect attendance record and has maintained a 3.68 grade point average.
Clardy was a SHS football player and was awarded the 2015 Scholar of the Year award.
“He does volunteer work, is active in sports and was an academic achiever during his entire high school career,” Parks and Recreation Director Lance Whitworth said. “The scholarship was designed to be awarded to a student currently working at the 12th grade level that is a resident of Sachse.”
Whitworth said the idea was to provide financial assistance to a resident to pursue secondary education.
The scholarship was also available to home schoolers.
Clardy was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and SHS Bowling Club.
He participated in the Great American Clean Up day, tutored students in algebra and collected clothing for a charitable organization in Rockwall.
Applicants were required to write a 300 to 500-word essay highlighting their career objectives.
In his essay, Clardy wrote that he believes one of the biggest threats to the environment is electronic waste.
“I believe I can help this problem by being a responsible young adult and spreading the word,” he said. “I have a plan to start a monthly or quarterly electronic recycling event.”
Clardy also encourages all to repair their electronics rather than “tossing them.”
Whitworth stressed that if a student can’t pay tuition, they won’t be able to go to college. It was established that applying for and receiving financial aid could be an important part of the college admissions process.
“Because many students are working a full-time or several part-time jobs, as well as balancing family, community, volunteer and personal commitments, scholarships make a tremendous difference in their ability to attend college,” he said. “Scholarships help students receive the necessary education and training to start a new career or move forward in their current field.”
When Clardy accepted the scholarship he thanked his parents for their support.
Mayor Mike Felix said the whole application process went very well. He stressed that Clardy’s achievements endorse the high character and values that the city represents.
“We appreciate all these students for taking the time to apply for this,” he said. “It was a difficult decision. I want to congratulate Kevin and all the students who applied.”
Clardy has been accepted to Texas State University in San Marcos.