12/21/2007 - Athens senior receives P.O. and Margaret Wilson Achievement Scholarship
Beverly Cox knew something big was about to happen on that November day when she came home from school and was met in the driveway by her mother. But she never could have imagined that the “something” was as big as it turned out to be.
“I pulled into the driveway and my mom met me at the car with a letter,” Cox said. “I could tell by the look on her face that something had happened. I read the letter and just started jumping around, I was so excited.”
Cox, a 17-year-old senior from Athens High School in Athens, Ala., had just discovered she was the recipient of an all expenses covered scholarship award to attend Judson College – a Christian college of arts and sciences for women in Marion, Ala. – for the 2008-2009 academic year. The P.O. and Margaret Wilson Achievement Scholarship awarded to Cox covers full tuition for a four-year undergraduate program, room and board expenses, and books and other fees. Additionally, each “Wilson Scholar” is eligible to apply for the P.O. Wilson Summer Self-Designed Educational Experience scholarship - which can provide a stipend for summer study / travel programs - and the Margaret M. Wilson Research Fellowship.
“My thoughts were that Christmas had come early,” said Lauren Cox, mother of Beverly Cox. “There were no words to describe it. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would be that good. My husband Ken and I are just extremely proud of Beverly.”
The P.O. and Margaret Wilson Achievement Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by P.O. and Margaret Wilson of Anniston, Ala. P.O. Wilson, now deceased, was a former trustee of Judson College. Cox is the fourth recipient of this award.
Recipients are selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee of Judson College. To be considered, candidates must be an incoming freshman, a natural born citizen of the U.S., have attained a B or higher average score on all high school classes attempted, and have scored in the top 10 percent on their ACT test. Having met those requirements, candidates are also selected based on a demonstrated excellent academic and personal record, outstanding promise of achievement in their chosen field, and demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and community involvement.
Cox is ranked ninth in a graduating senior class of 180 and scored a 31 on her ACT test. A 36 is the highest score a person can obtain on the ACT.
“We are delighted to award this extraordinary scholarship to Beverly Cox,” said Judson College President Dr. David Potts. “She is an outstanding young woman who will benefit from Judson’s remarkably engaging education and who will contribute her own passion for excellence in academics and service. She is very active in both her school and her church, as evidenced by her long list of accomplishments and involvements. We welcome the opportunity to help Beverly achieve her dreams.”
At Athens High School, Cox is involved in marching, jazz and concert band, is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student council, German Club, National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Private Victories. Outside of school, she attends First Baptist Church of Athens where she works with the children’s choir, is the Exaltation Youth Leader, and is part of the church youth group, puppet ministry, praise team and Athens Community Band.
In her free time, Cox enjoys horseback riding, singing and anything that has to do with music. According to Cox, she is excited to be attending Judson in the fall of 2008 and was present at the institution’s Scholarship Day in early November. That was not the first time she had visited the Judson campus, however.
“Judson was my first choice,” Cox said. “I first heard about Judson when I was in the seventh grade. The equestrian program was what interested me in the beginning. I visited the campus several times before I was a senior. I just love the country kind of feel the college has and how small it is.”
Cox plans to study biology at Judson College but has not yet decided on a specific major.
Lauren Cox feels her daughter will be in her element at Judson.
“We feel really confident that she’ll do well there and will adjust easily,” Lauren Cox said. “Beverly’s success comes from the talents God has given her. As parents, Ken and I vowed to help her develop those talents. And, of course, she had excellent teachers who guided her as well.”
* Article courtesy of the Judson College Admissions Office