The Kansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Credit Union is sending high school seniors, Hailey Droge and Nathan Pickerell, to college with $1,000 scholarships.
Hailey, daughter of Jason and Dawn Droge, is completing her senior year at Shawnee Heights High School, where she has participated in FCA, Spirit Club, Orchestra, and National Honor Society. After graduating among the top students in her class with a 4.5% weighted GPA. she will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study communication sciences. Hailey volunteers through church and school, serving as a kindergarten aid at Tecumseh South Elementary and spent 10 days in Uganda with King's Kids Africa working in orphanages, churches, and schools in July 2018.
Nathan, the son of Todd and Heidi Pickerell and grandson of Karen and Merle Pickerell, will graduate from Valley Falls High School where he is active in Student Council, FCCLA, National Honor Society, band, drama, art, and athletics. Nathan volunteers with Meals on Wheels and through school with Dragon Service Learning. He plans to obtain a degree in architectural engineering at KU on his way to a Master's degree in architecture.
The scholarship money will help Hailey and Nathan with tuition, books, fees, or room and board. An independent committee of the Kansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Credit Union Board of Directors made the scholarship selections. Academic achievement, community involvement, and recommendation letters from a teacher, counselor, or coach were considered during the selection process.
Congratulations to Hailey, Nathan, and their families!