2018 Scholarship Winners: Part 4

We might be halfway through the week, but after today we'll be two-thirds through our profiles of this year's scholarship winners.  They took online high school courses or high school correspondence courses to earn their diploma from one of the best distance education high schools.  We are excited to tell you more about them.


Claire from Washington gets a kick out of playing soccer.  She will play goalkeeper this fall at Western Washington University, where she plans on earning a degree in kinesiology and health sciences.  She has already been a student at Peninsula College.

“As a student-athlete, I have had the opportunity to interact with physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons,” Claire wrote.  “I have observed them focus on fitness for myself and others and to contribute to improved health as well as promote healing of injuries.”

After graduating, Claire plans become a physician assistant, volunteer in Haiti and then return to her roots to provide healthcare in rural communities.


Ethan from Maine lives on his family farm when he is not studying forestry at the University of Maine.  He is interested in preserving natural resources and his culture and credits homeschooling for giving him the opportunity to do so.

“Homeschooling has provided me the gateways to my inherited Native culture (more specifically the Passmaquoddy tribe),” Ethan wrote.  “I have been able to become a peer leader, top student and now participate as council and guidance through the WaYS (Wabanaki Youth in Science) program.”

In his free time, Ethan enjoys enhancing survival skills such as hunting and fishing and is interested in the emerald ash borer’s effect on basketmaking.


A family member’s medical condition inspired Alexandria from Arkansas to become an occupational therapy assistant, and she is taking classes at Arkansas State University Beebe to help her reach that goal.  She plans to continue her education at Baptist Health College.

“I’ve spent some time shadowing one of the OTAs in my hometown, and I loved working with the kids,” Alexandria wrote.  “I want to help them reach their full potential and to make a real, positive difference in their lives.”

Alexandria also enjoys volunteering, camping, hiking and developing a good work ethic while working as an apprentice in her father’s woodworking business.