You’ve probably heard us mention that we recently completed one of our favorite tasks of the year – awarding scholarships to some of Lincoln’s best and brightest high school seniors. As always, we received an impressive crop of submissions. As always, we had a tough time choosing our winners. And as always, we came away from the whole experience encouraged about the future of our community and our nation. There are so many bright, motivated, principled young people heading out into the world, and we’re so proud to be able to help a few of them along their way.
That’s why we want to introduce you to each of our winners individually over the next few weeks. We think you’ll be as impressed and encouraged as we are. We begin with Matt Foley, winner of the $1,000 Dan Remigio Scholarship.
Matt is a senior at Pius X High School, where his perfect 4.0 GPA ranks him first out of his 286 classmates. He’s a baseball fanatic, with four years of Pius X baseball, four years of American Legion baseball, and a year as a Babe Ruth umpire on his resume. He plans to attend UNL for a degree in Business Administration, with the ultimate goal of working in (you guessed it!) baseball. Matt says his career goal is to work in the front office of a major league baseball team.
In his scholarship application, Matt wrote about the impact that JA’s Driven Youth Invitational had on how he views his future. He says the clearest message for him was about the importance of passion in a successful career. “As a culture, we need to embrace our ability to combine our individual traits for greatness. Finding something that makes you happy and not just the largest paycheck is the way to ensure that we are not settling in our career choice. As the saying goes, ‘It is better to fail at something you love than be good at something you hate.’ Together our generation of achievement can inspire a new wave of ideas and imagination in today’s economy!”
We have no doubt that Matt will keep turning his passions into successes, and we wish him the best of everything in his college career and beyond.
Congratulations again to all of our 2013 Junior Achievement of Lincoln scholarship winners!