Exchange Club gives scholarship

The Alpena Exchange Club held its annual Stanley C. Beck Scholarship program on April 1. This year there were two outstanding semi-finalists for the $1,000 award: Mikaela Overton and Logan Myers.

Applicants, who are 12th grade students, must show a strong sense of volunteering, leadership and patriotism over the course of their high school years. In addition to these attributes, grades, extra-curricular activities and their essays are considered.

Tad Martin, pastor of Living Hope Church, was the speaker of the evening. He spoke on the importance having passion for volunteering.

Guests also heard the semi-finalists present their essay on this year’s theme, “Parading the Spirit of Community Service with Passion and Commitment.” After a wonderful evening and delicious meal at the APlex catered by Jon Benson of JJ’s Catering, Mikaela Overton was awarded this year’s scholarship. The daughter of Klay and Aneka Wagner, she plans to attend Hillsdale College in Hillsdale.

The scholarship was named after Stanley C. Beck, a former educator and Exchange Club member who started the program in the 1970s.

The National Exchange Club is a group of men and women who look to make America a better place to live through one national service project, Prevention of Child Abuse and Awareness, and numerous other local community service projects. Members of the Alpena club meet at the 19th Hole Restaurant every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.