The Rotary Club of Fairhope has selected Kyla JaKay Shaw as the recipient of its Thomas S. Scoggins Memorial Scholarship for 2022. The scholarship, which is offered to graduating seniors at Fairhope …
The Rotary Club of Fairhope has selected Kyla JaKay Shaw as the recipient of its Thomas S. Scoggins Memorial Scholarship for 2022. The scholarship, which is offered to graduating seniors at Fairhope High School, provides $2,500 a year for up to four years.
Shaw is a 2022 graduate of Fairhope High School, where she achieved a GPA of 3.9. Although Shaw is the first person in her family to attend college, her college career will not be starting when she begins classes at UAB later this month. Rather, for the past two years, she has been in the Dual Enrollment program at Fairhope High School, taking college-level classes in history, English, biology, and music appreciation at Coastal Alabama Community College. Last summer, she was one of 20 students in the state chosen to participate in the Rural Health Scholars Program, in which students spend five all-expense-paid weeks at the University of Alabama campus taking college courses for credit and learning how to prepare to enter health professions educations and training. The goal of the program is to encourage rural Alabama high school students to consider health care professions.
Shaw had already been planning to prepare for a career in a health profession and has been working as a volunteer at Thomas Hospital for several years. And in addition to her challenging academic curriculum, she made time to play softball and to belong to the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Spanish Club, Future Medical Leaders of America and Key Club. She also served as secretary at Bibleway Holiness Church.
As a 13-year member of the Fairhope–Point Clear Rotary Youth Club, after several years as a volunteer tutor, she became a paid employee of the club during her junior and senior years. When she applied for the Rotary scholarship, she received a glowing reference from Charles Durgin, the club's operations manager and teen coordinator, who said she "exemplifies exactly what the world needs from our next generation of leaders."
More information on this scholarship and previous recipients may be found at fairhoperotary.org/scholarships/.