As the end of the school year rapidly approaches and high school seniors look forward to the start of their college careers, all of us at Junior Achievement of Lincoln are so happy that we can help some of them as they take that next step. We recently awarded this year’s round of scholarships, and now we get to introduce you to the impressive young people who earned them. We continue this week with Alexander VanAckeren of Pius X High School, winner of the $1,000 Ken Carlson Scholarship.
Alexander was a participant in this year’s JA of Lincoln Driven Youth Invitational, and this young man seems to be us to be the embodiment of driven. His 4.0 GPA puts him first in his class of 291 students. He has an impressive resume of volunteer, work, and extracurricular experiences. And despite his young age, his objective is clear – Alexander wants to be the next CEO of Ford Motor Company.
In his scholarship application essay, Alexander’s focus was on a CEO’s ultimate responsibility for the company that he is running. “No matter what caused the company to be in turmoil, whether it was financial issues, a couple bad decisions or making some bad investments, it all comes back to the CEO of that particular company. In the end, it is the CEO who is responsible for the success or failure of their company.” He wrote about the respect and dignity that must be maintained for all employees, especially in times involving downsizing or layoffs. We can only hope that Alexander is representative of the next generation of CEOs – highly driven, but with a strong principles and solid ethics.
From all of us at JA of Lincoln, congratulations to Alexander and the rest of our 2013 scholarship winners. We can’t wait to see the impact you’ll have on the world!