POMEROY — Brandi Thomas memorial scholarships were recently awarded during the Meigs High School Academic Awards Assembly.
After an automobile accident claimed the life of Brandi Thomas in 2002, her family founded the The Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund in her honor to be given each year to two students from Meigs High School.
Thomas participated in track and field and cross county at Meigs High School, and her love of both track and field and cross county helped with the family’s decision to award the scholarships to students who have earned two varsity letters in track and/or cross country. Every spring, a selection committee decides on one girl and one boy to receive this scholarship.
Several fundraisers were conducted to start the scholarship fund, but Kennedy wanted something that represented Brandi’s love of running, and the idea of a 5K race was born. The race has become a family affair, with Brandi’s parents Cheryl and John Thomas, grandfather Ed Kennedy and uncle Mike Kennedy in charge of preparations for the event.
“Brandi was a very special young lady who deserves to be honored every year with this race,” said Mike Kennedy, Meigs cross country and track and field coach, who was also Thomas’ coach. “She was an organ donor and one of our major themes of the event is to encourage our participants to follow suit and fill out an organ donor card.”
This year, the winners of the two $1,500 scholarships were Sadie Fox of Middleport and Colton Lilly of Pomeroy. Both are 2016 graduates. Fox plans to attend Ohio University-Chillicothe and Lilly will be going to The Ohio State University this fall.
The scholarship winners are determined by a select committee of non-family members and presented to a Meigs senior or graduate who is attending college and lettered in track or cross-country for at least two years. Recipients are chosen on the basis of character, extracurricular activities, academic performance and other accomplishments that will ensure potential success in college and post-graduate life.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext.2551.