The Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently announced the recipient of the 2019 Chamber Scholarship.
Yancy McCarron, a senior at Central High School and the daughter of Robert and Emma McCarron, was awarded the scholarship at the school’s academic banquet on April 30.
McCarron will receive $500 per semester, for up to four consecutive semesters, toward her initial enrollment at Mineral Area College and any consecutive semesters at either Mineral Area College, Central Methodist University, or Missouri Baptist University.
This is the fifth scholarship to be awarded since the chamber began its scholarship program.
The scholarship is given to help with the cost of classes, supplies, and other needs as McCarron works to earn her Associates of Arts Degree. After completing her Associate’s Degree, McCarron plans to work towards obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology with a possible Minor in Museum Studies, Art History, or Religious Studies.
McCarron said that she would eventually like to complete her Master’s Degree, and possibly even a Ph.D. in Anthropology or Archaeology. She said she’s uncertain just how much of her educational goals she will fulfill, however, upon completion, she hopes to pursue a successful career full of history. The graduating Central senior has dreams of traveling the world while participating in various excavations to uncover the past, exposing the ways humans once lived during various time periods and in other cultures.
Even though she has a strong desire to travel, McCarron also has a strong desire to eventually return to her roots and use her experiences to further continue her historical endeavors. Her dream is to return to St. Francois County to gather as much historical information about the area through anthropological and archaeological research in hopes of curating a museum for citizens to view and learn about local history.
She explained that coordinating school trips to this museum or even teaching classes about the town’s history would be a top priority so that those who live here will have the opportunity to understand that local history is just as important as the rest of the country’s history.
As a recipient of the Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, McCarron will receive her first $500 installment of funds to assist with either her spring or fall classes at Mineral Area College this year. Three more $500 installments will be available to the graduating senior; one for each consecutive semester she attends Mineral Area College, Central Methodist University, or Missouri Baptist University.
She will receive a total of $2,000 in financial aid toward her continuing education studies.
Finally, one of the recipient requirements of the scholarship outlines the importance of being an active member of the community in which they live, by insisting that the scholarship recipient attend and/or volunteer at one Chamber of Commerce investor meeting and one chamber-sponsored event such as the Annual Firecracker Run or Sweetheart Trivia Night.
“We look forward to having Yancy join us at an investor meeting and help at one of our Chamber sponsored events,” said Chamber Executive Director Tamara Coleman. “This will be a great opportunity for Chamber Investors and local members of the community to congratulate her on an outstanding high school academic record and continuing education plan.”