Established by Northeastern State University as an annual award to an incoming freshman who demonstrates leadership, community service and civic engagement, the Larry Adair Scholarship for 2013-14 is awarded to Taylor Eversole of Oklahoma City and Putnam City North High School.
Adair Scholarship recipients must carry a 3.0 grade-point average, remain a full-time student, complete 15 hours of community service per semester and be involved in an NSU service organization.
“I was very involved in helping the community in high school,” Eversole said in a media release. “When my school raised money for Make a Wish, I raised over $2,000 each year on my own. Experiences like those opened my eyes to the importance of education and helping others. Coming into college with that outlook helped me be a step ahead as I started here at NSU.”
As a member of NSU's Student Council for Exceptional Children and Delta Zeta Sorority, Eversole continues to serve the campus and surrounding community. She was co-chair of NSU's Greek Week and she also will volunteer with NSU’s Rookie Bridge Camp this summer.
Eversole believes involvement with campus organizations and activities allows her to express her gratitude.
“NSU gives so much to us as students, so my advice would be to give back to this campus,” she said. “We go to a wonderful university and its goal is for all students to succeed to their highest abilities. To be the best we can be, we should make this university the best it can be.”
Eversole was named an Outstanding Freshman and was selected to volunteer a week at the Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes, Calif., this summer. The camp is Delta Zeta's national project.
"I get the opportunity to work with terminally ill children," said Eversole, who plans on earning a special education degree from NSU. "This will be a great summer and a great adventure."
In addition to the Larry Adair Scholarship, Eversole is also a recipient of the Green and White Scholarship and the Phil Kirschner Memorial Scholarship.
Eversole said the NSU scholarship committee makes it possible for students to reach their full potential, and she expressed thanks for the opportunities offered her.
“I am unbelievably honored to have received this scholarship,” said Eversole. “Going to the amazing dinner and hearing the Adair Lecture by Paul Rusesabagina was an experience I’ll never forget. There were so many influential people there and I can only hope that one day I can make an impact as they have.”
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