Three Higdon Family Association Scholarship Winners from Kentucky and Indiana Have Been Chosen
Again this year three highly qualified young people have been awarded Higdon Family Association scholarships to pursue university and college degrees. Elayne Bischoff, of Bardstown, Kentucky, wants to major in Accounting at the University of Kentucky. Bardstown, and become a Certified Public Accountant. Madeline Brooke Elder, of Park City, Kentucky, plans to take Pre-Medicine and Biology courses at Georgetown College in Kentucky, enroll at the University of Kentucky to major in Biology, and later to enroll in the School of Medicine there to prepare for a career in orthopedic medicine. Kristine Logan, of Indianapolis, Indiana, will attend Marian University in Indianapolis this fall and plans to become a Registered Nurse.
Elayne Bischoff is the daughter of Tommy and Tonja Higdon Bischoff. Joseph David Higdon is her grandfather, and one of his sisters, Clara Cecilia Higdon Powell, is her HFA sponsor. Her great grandparents were Joseph David and Emma Thompson Higdon, and her great-great grandparents were William Bernard and Clara Isabella Browning Higdon.
Elayne excelled in her studies in high school, maintaining a 4.0 average, and was a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, held offices in Future Business Leaders of America and Student Council, was Varsity Captain of her Bardstown Volleyball team and of her Bardstown High School Tennis team, and was Captain of her Mid-American Volleyball Association Club. She found time to hold leadership positions as well in such community service activities as Saint Vincent de Paul, Barktown Rescue, Feed for America, Toys-4-Tots, and other outreach programs, and she studied piano for twelve years.
The awards she received are too numerous to list here, but among them were Distinguished Young Women “Be Your Best Self” Award, DAR Good Citizens Award, Highest Class Average in AP Biology, Pre-Calculus, and AP U. S. History, and Most Valuable Volleyball Player (all four years of high school).
Elayne writes that she loves her family, school, sports, and playing the piano. She enjoyed participating in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program for five weeks on a college campus.
Madeline Brooke Elder
Madeline Brooke Elder, of Park City, Kentucky, is the daughter of Eric Elder, whose father was Thomas G. Elder, whose mother was Clara Cecilia Higdon. William B. Higdon was Madeline’s great-great grandfather, who was the son of William B. Higdon. HFA member Frank Mayfield sponsored Madeline for the HFA scholarship award. Like Elayne, Madeline had a 4.0 grade average all through high school. She works as a Certified Nurse Aide at Signature Healthcare, of Glasgow, Kentucky, and has the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. “One day,” she writes, “I’ll be standing in an operating room, wrist deep in someone’s hip, asking the surgical technician for another retractor.”
Madeline has already taken a number of courses in Health Sciences, Medical Terminology, Anatomy, Introduction to Pharmacology and Phlebotomy at her local community college. She enjoys running and has competed in cross country and track since the 10th grade. She writes that she was named Most Valuable Runner in both these sports, was named the Southern Kentucky Senior Runner of the Year, was the Class 2A Region Runner-up, and has a cross country and track scholarship at Georgetown College.
Madeline writes that she lives by this quotation from author John Green: “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” She wants to be “extraordinarily remarkable in everything that I do, from running to learning.”
Kristen Logan, of Indianapolis, Indiana, earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in Biology from Loyola University in 2011 and wanted one day to pursue a career in medicine. After graduation, though, she joined Teach for America in Nashville, Tennessee, where she met her husband, Will. They have a young son, Wyatt, born in 2014. Her three-year experience teaching eighth-grade science to low-income students helped her understand that education is key to helping people escape “the entangled web of poverty, disease and unawareness” that grips the families she encountered. She can bring this perspective to work as a Registered Nurse, she believes.
Kristin Logan is the youngest daughter of Alice Higdon Kopp, who is the daughter of Raymond Joseph Higdon, the son of William Bernard Higdon.
She was recommended by one of her professors at Marian University as having a strong foundation in science as well as the ability to be a leader “willing to take on the many challenges of health care today with creativity and innovation.” One of her clinical instructors praised her for giving “the highest quality patient care” and being “compassionate, caring, gentle, conscientious as well as professional at all times.” Kristen’s HFA sponsor was Frank Mayfield.
The HFA scholarship award has been helpful to many students in years past, whether they are just beginning college or continuing their higher education in pursuit of another degree. Details on how to apply are given on the HFA website. Members of the committee to choose recipients are William R. Higdon, of Moon, Virginia, Chairman; Charles P. Higdon, of Clinton, Tennessee; and Sally H. Swain, of Lebanon, Tennessee. The annual deadline for applications is March 31.
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