HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
Angel had big dreams. Despite the obstacles in her path, she was determined to live out those dreams. More importantly, she wanted to encourage others to dream big and to not let anything stand in their way of going after what they wanted. Angel didn't get the chance to live her dream, but through the Live Big, Love Hard Angel Eaton Memorial Scholarship, she will continue to help other students discover theirs.
The Live Big, Love Hard Angel Eaton Memorial Scholarship is a $500 scholarship awarded to a student who exhibits the same characteristics that Angel possessed -- a passion for living, a desire to help others, an ability to dream bigger than life and the determination to live out those dreams, despite obstacles that may come along.
The scholarship is awarded to a senior from her alma mater, Hillcrest High School. In order to qualify, applicants must submit their resume, a letter of recommendation and a 500-word essay on an obstacle/challenge they have had to overcome and how they plan on using that experience to help others. The scholarship is awarded at the Hillcrest High School Awards Day.
Jacob Wyatt Hinton was the 2018 recipient of the Live Big, Love Hard Angel Eaton Memorial Scholarship. Jacob struggled academically for years because of communication and learning difficulties that were a result of delays in learning the English language. This struggle took a toll on his self-confidence, making him feel he was “different” from his classmates. It wasn’t until he reached high school that his insecurities slowly faded away. He made friends, his grades improved and he got involved in activities outside of the classroom, particularly in the field of music. But he never forgot his early struggles and he always made a point to befriend students who seemed to have their own insecurities. This was an especially difficult presentation as Jacob was one of Angel's good friends. He will be studying kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science. Congrats, Jacob! You are going to do amazing things.
Chandler Bryant Holmes was the very first recipient of The Live Big, Love Hard Angel Eaton Memorial Scholarship. Chandler knew all too well the challenges that come from having "lungs that suck at being lungs," as Angel would say. Despite warnings from doctors, he still pursued his desire to play sports, particularly baseball, a game he fell in love with as a kid. In addition to excelling on the field, he held a 3.8 GPA and had volunteered hundreds of hours to various service organizations over the years. But it was his desire to share his story and how he overcame his challenges to help other students do the same that made him the perfect choice for this scholarship. Chandler is studying architectural engineering at The University of Alabama. We can't wait to see what he does in the future!