Benjamin "Luke" Lee, a 2019 graduate of Bradley Central High School, has been named recipient of the inaugural MaKlain Lawson Memorial Scholarship.Making the joint announcement is the family of the …
Benjamin "Luke" Lee, a 2019 graduate of Bradley Central High School, has been named recipient of the inaugural MaKlain Lawson Memorial Scholarship.
Making the joint announcement is the family of the late MaKlain Lawson and the Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County.
The scholarship fund was established in 2018 in loving memory of MaKlain Lawson who was an energetic, talented and caring young man, according to the media announcement by Lawson family members and Cathy Barrett, president of the Community Foundation.
The scholarship recipient will attend Lee University where he plans to major in Music and Worship, or Music Education.
While at BCHS, he participated in Vocal Motion Show Choir, FCA, Unplug, National Honor Society, Beta Club and Student Council. He is also the high school and middle school worship leader at his church.
In a recommendation letter, one of his former teachers describes Luke as, “A great student and example to the underclassmen. He is a truly talented young man.”
The $1,000 scholarship recognizes a BCHS student who embodies Lawson's legacy of love and encouragement and who demonstrates school spirit and a concern for others.
Lawson graduated BCHS in 2015, where he was recognized as a superlative his senior year of high school. He was voted "Wittiest" in class. Those who knew him were not surprised. Lawson was described by schoolmates, friends and family as a quiet leader with the innate ability to connect with people in a meaningful way and make them feel included and valuable. He was known for his cheerful personality, as well as his school spirit.
The Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County is a public, nonprofit organization where many donors join together to make the community they love a better place, today and for future generations. The Community Foundation is made up a collection of individual charitable funds established by individuals, families, businesses, and other nonprofits and foundations.
"The Community Foundation is committed to serving and understanding donor needs, handling complex charitable gifts, wisely managing charitable funds, and leveraging its community knowledge and partnerships to increase charitable impact," Barrett said.
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