Kilgore College student wins $3,200 scholarship for high GED score
Kilgore College student Samuel Essary was recently awarded the first installment of a $3,200 college scholarship due to his high scores on the GED tests.
The scholarship was awarded Feb. 7 in Austin at the Texas Association of Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) Awards Banquet.
He received the scholarship for having the highest scores of any TALAE student member in the East Region which is comprised of nine adult education programs.
Statewide, there are 55 adult education programs and his scores were also the highest of all the winners throughout Texas.
The East Region covers an area from the Oklahoma border to Conroe (from north to south) and from Louisiana to Terrell (from east to west).
Essary, now in his second semester of college at KC, was also the valedictorian of the KC GED graduating class last June after completing classes with the KC Adult Education Program.
Since earning his GED, he has also completed the Intensive College Readiness Program to further prepare for college.
The Intensive College Readiness Program is sponsored by the KC Basic Adult Education Program and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
“I was so proud of Samuel. He was always a very bright and dedicated student, but as he stood before the audience of more than 500 education professionals and gave an outstanding acceptance speech, I was thinking, Wow!” said Bobbie McGee-Benson, Director of KC’s Adult Basic Education. “Since he entered classes, I have watched him blossom from a self-doubting youth into a fine, confident young man.”
The TALAE Academic Award is given annually to one student in each of the eight adult education regions of Texas.