Last week we went to the School of Human Sciences Honors Convocation at SFA. We had the pleasure of meeting one of our two recipients for this school year. We were able to meet Mr. Brandon Chaddick. He was there to receive another memorial scholarship for this coming school year. We were able to visit with him after the ceremony. His parents were there and we “stole” him away for a little visiting and pictures. He was so happy to meet us as he hadn’t had the opportunity yet to meet any other of his donors for this past school year. He was such a humble and thankful young man. He smiled a lot and told us many times during our conversation how thankful and appreciative he was for receiving the Lauren Alston Memorial Scholarship. Brandon will be a Senior this coming year and will be working the Culinary Cafe this fall where we plan to catch up with him again during a dinner or lunch on campus. Lauren also participated in the Culinary Cafe class for a semester. If you ever have the opportunity to go you will be quite impressed. The students plan the menu, help cook, serve the meal and decorate the tables according to the theme of the meal. The food is always delish and visually appealing, the students do a fantastic job.
Below is just a few paragraphs from his last thank you letter dated Jan. 5, 2016.
“As I approached the Fall 2015 semester at SFA, I was a bit unsure of how I would be able to afford all of my classes for the semester, as I was placed with the formidable task of funding and completing 16 course hours. Fortunately, I was given the ability to afford my classes through scholarship funds donated by generous individuals such as yourselves. Thus, after receiving the scholarship, I made sure that the resources provided to me would not go to waste, I buckled down, studied hard, and for the first time in two semesters, received an “A” in all of my courses.
Overall, my experiences in my last semester proved to me that hard work pays off and can sometimes even be rewarded. It truly is the least that I can do, as the amount of money provided by your donation has been both substantial and vital to my continued education.
Once, again, I am genuinely humbled by having the Lauren Alston Memorial Scholarship bestowed upon me and I truly hope that I am continuing the make you proud of my achievements, which would be far more difficult to attain had I not been provided with financial assistance. From the bottom of my hear, I am truly thankful.” Sincerely, Brandon Chaddick