Reading High Student Among National Scholarship Winners

Posted on 08/01/2015

Posted by Patch

Reading High School student Matt Stead was one of 20 high school seniors from across the nation who was recently awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Lighthouse Guild.

Stead is a resident of North Reading.

The Lighthouse Guild is a leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization. On Monday, the organization announced that it has awarded more than $200,000 in merit scholarships to an outstanding group of students who are blind or visually impaired.

Following a rigorous application process that included academic excellence and community involvement considerations, 20 high school seniors from around the country were each awarded unrestricted scholarships of $10,000 to help them make the transition from high school to a college or university of their choice.

Additionally, three graduate students were each awarded $5,000 merit scholarships to support their continuing education.

“Lighthouse Guild is pleased to recognize these remarkable students who have shown that vision loss is not a barrier to success – in or out of the classroom. Their achievements are an inspiration and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for these bright young adults.” said Alan R. Morse, the president and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, which serves more people who are blind or visually impaired than any other organization in the country.

The Lighthouse Guild Scholarship Program also honors one influential educator for the effect they’ve had on a scholarship recipient’s academic life. As part of the application process, each student is required to submit a personal essay describing how an outstanding teacher has made an impact on their education.

This year, Brian Fendrick, a Fremont High School (Plain City, Utah) AP English and yearbook advisor to graduating senior Marybai Huking, will be recognized with a $5,000 prize. As Marybai wrote in her nominating essay, Fendrick “never once doubted my abilities and believed that I would be successful when I didn’t believe in myself.”