Meet Whitney Scott, our SFA recipient for they school year 2016-17. We were able to met Whitney at the beginning of the year because we went to the School of Human Sciences Honor Convocation on April 12th and presented her with the Lauren Alston Memorial Scholarship in person. The SFA Scholarship Star Alumni Reception is usually when we met our recipient and is held at the end of the school term. We were excited to get the opportunity to met Whitney at the beginning of her term. We met her and visited before the start of the program and then met her parents after the program and visited additionally as a group. When I saw her I quickly noticed her James Avery ring and commented on it. I told her about Lauren’s love for JA jewelry and showed her the pieces I wear everyday that were Lauren’s. She then pointed out her JA Texas shaped necklace that had SFA engraved on it. I told her part of why we chose her was because of her essay about living with dyslexia and what she had to do to get into SFA…her grades had to be improved. Her determination to attend SFA, after a visit with her sister who is a graduate student, impressed me and I wanted to reward her for her hard work. She said she is enjoys math and is great at it but her spelling is bad…she gets her letters messed up but not her numbers. We told her being able to balance her checkbook is an important skill in life…lol. Whitney asked me about Lauren and wanted to know more about her…that warmed my heart. She told me she was interested in being an event planner and wanted to know what Lauren had wanted to do…event planning. She and Lauren shared many things in common…love SFA…go Jacks, James Avery jewelry, Chinese food, event planning and both were super friendly and smiled a lot. We really enjoyed meeting Whitney and her parents, who came from Ft Worth…her Dad said there was a connection and that it felt like we had known them for years. We will see Whitney again when she works the Culinary Cafe next spring. Her thank you note said she would make us proud for honoring her with Lauren’s scholarship…I have no doubt she will do just that.