Brian E. Wagner's scholarship and legacy shines on three recipients for 2019
Since Brian Edwin Wagner's untimely passing in a tragic auto accident at age 16, his life story and legacy have contributed to the well-being of many young lives in the Chicago area suburbs.
Emerging young leaders who are selected for the scholarship that bears his name receive $2,500 toward their college tuition for their admirable qualities and potential to lead the way among their peers. Brian was the quintessential model of compassion who lead by example through volunteer service. His commitment to making a difference in all his endeavors is the inspiration behind the nonprofit organization that was founded in his memory.
The Brian E. Wagner Scholarship Foundation's mission is to encourage high school students to make a positive impact in their lives and the lives of others by exercising sound judgment and committing themselves to volunteer programs. The cause is alive and thriving in the community.
Three recipients were selected for this year's honor for their relentless journey toward success. They have been proudly acknowledged for their talents to inspire others. All have followed in Brian's footsteps and opened doors for future applicants to do the same.
Next year will mark the 10th year of operation for the Brian E. Wagner Scholarship Foundation.
So far the scholarship has donated over $60,000 in college tuition funding to numerous deserving scholars. More information about the cause and application process can be found at brianewagnerfund.org.
The foundation encourages all high school seniors to apply for the privilege to be named next year's honorees. There is no GPA requirement to receive this award.
Information about the 2019 recipients are as follows:
• Katy Clugg, a York High School graduate, was accepted to the University Maryland and will major in criminology and criminal justice. She stated, "I am inspired by the huge positive impact that Brian made on so many people in his life. The Brian E. Wagner Scholarship will positively impact my education at the University of Maryland; and one day I also hope to help people by serving our country in the FBI. I consider it a sincere honor to help carry on Brian E. Wagner's incredible legacy of: courage, leadership and kindness."
• Abigail Hohman, a York High School graduate, has committed to attend University of Kentucky and major in elementary education. She remarked, "I'm honored by this award and to have had opportunities throughout high school to help me become a stronger leader. In college I plan to involve myself with more volunteer organizations in order to make a larger impact on the community. Brian inspires me to be proud of what I'm passionate about, and also encourages me to live a positive lifestyle. He truly has given me a new perspective on what it means to be a leader, and I hope to replicate his ethic in the future."
• Christa Prado, an Immaculate Conception College Prep graduate, enrolled at St. Louis University and will pursue studies in nursing. She said, "I am beyond grateful to be a recipient for this award. The funds from the Brian E. Wagner Scholarship will allow me to pursue my lifetime goals. As a BEWSF Scholar, I intend to follow in Brian's footsteps and serve as a leader to my community while moving forward with my education."