By Tina Montgomery
2022 Minden High School graduate Cheyenne Guillory is the latest recipient of the Junior Service League annual scholarship award. The amount of the JSL scholarship is $5,000 this year.
“I was very excited and very grateful to be given this opportunity. I’m very driven to make the most of this,” Cheyenne said.
She plans to use the scholarship to go to LSU where she wants to major in Kinesiology, specifically pediatric occupational therapy. “I just want to be able to give back to my community. My desire is to help people” she explained.
According to JSL President Brittany Greer, this year’s scholarship award is significant in that there were more applicants this year as well as the amount of the award. Greer says there were 19 applicants this year thanks to word of mouth and social media.
“Social media made this super successful this year. We were blessed that the kids were able to know about this on social media,” Greer said.
School counselors from Minden High, Glenbrook and Lakeside primarily informed their seniors about the award.
“They really pushed it through emails,” Cheyenne said.
The annual scholarship is one of the largest projects the Junior Service League fundraise every year. Among the events held for the scholarship were Egg Your Yard and the first Daddy and Daughter Dance held last August. This year, Girls Night Out, a Nashville themed event with shopping, food and a live band will be held August 27. Greer says this is expected to be the first big fundraiser this year for the scholarship.
The Minden JSL is a women’s service club that places focus on children and growth for the community. Greer says their aim for the annual scholarship is to offer more seniors in Webster parish the opportunity to apply and help more than one student.
Greer says more than half of the tickets have been sold for Girls Night Out. Kayla Rodriguez is the chairwoman for the event. More information about the fundraiser can be found on the Minden JSL Facebook page.
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