UMW Scholarship Recipients for 2015

The United Methodist Women of Hemphill First United Methodist Church are proud to support the 2015 graduating class of Hemphill High School and award scholarships to two exemplary young people.


Morgan Marie Horn

Morgan Marie Horn received a $500 scholarship for her studies at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where she plans to major in nursing. Morgan was a member of the National Honor Society serving as Historian, the FFA, and a member of The Leo Club. She participated in various sports and multiple events in UIL, and was a Regional Qualifier in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate.  Morgan served as President of Family Career and Community Leaders of America. She finished 6th in her class, graduating Cum Laude with a GPA of 95.33; also earning 21 college credit hours, maintaining a 3.3 college GPA while working at two jobs as a senior. Since graduation on May 29, Morgan has enrolled in additional college courses, and is working part-time at a third job. This young lady has exhibited perseverance and determination to succeed and excel and UMW is proud to assist Morgan in her pursuit of an advanced degree.

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Ashton Bailey Eells

Our second recipient of a $500 scholarship, Ashton Bailey Eells, has an equally impressive resume beginning with membership in the Gifted and Talented Program, participating in Robotics and Model United Nation. He served on the Student Council; also serving as Class President for his sophomore and junior classes, and was the President of the National Honor Society during his senior year. Bailey invested an extraordinary amount of time in various sports as a member of the track team, cross country team, and baseball team. His character and integrity are further evidenced by his active involvement in The First Baptist Church youth group and World Changers. Bailey is the 2015 Salutatorian and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 98.66; additionally earning 18 college credit hours with a 3.65 college GPA. He has enrolled in additional college courses this summer. Bailey will pursue a degree in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A & M University as a member of the Corps of Cadets. His persistence and diligence will serve him well as he faces challenges that lie ahead and UMW is honored to help support his efforts at the university level.


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With Morgan’s and Bailey’s families in attendance and in front of the congregation, Gloria Foster and the Rev. Grant Barnes made a presentation of either a Bible or a Bible Commentary as part of the UMW scholarship program. The United Methodist Women applaud these remarkable young people and envelop them with best wishes and prayers for continued success wherever life’s journey leads.

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The members of First United Methodist Church wish both Morgan and Bailey continued success. We know that God has beautiful plans for their lives!

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