OCU Post-Secondary Students Win PCCYL Scholarships

Ohio Christian University Post-Secondary Students Emily Burns and Delaney Valentine won First Place and Runner-Up, respectively, for the 2013 Pickaway County Council on Youth Leadership (PCCYL) scholarships for Circleville High School.  They are both part of OCU's Trailblazer Academy, a post-secondary/dual enrollment program in which high school students can earn college credit on campus or online.

The PCCYL seeks to recognize top leaders from each of the four Pickaway County High Schools: Circleville, Logan Elm, Teays Valley, and Westfall. Each student who qualifies submits an application, which is reviewed by the Board, and then moves on to the interview round. From there, the board determines a First Place and Runner-Up for each school based on a variety of criteria.

The First Place winner from each school is given a $1000 scholarship and an opportunity to attend the Town Meeting on Tomorrow (TMOT) in St. Louis, MO. This is a leadership conference which helps students build their interview skills, strengthen their leadership capabilities, and build relationships with top students from all over the country.

Burns, the First Place winner at Circleville, says this about how she felt when she discovered she had won First Place for Circleville:

“This scholarship means so much to me! I feel blessed and honored to be chosen for the scholarship. The money is going directly into paying for college. The opportunity to go to TMOT is amazing. I feel so honored and excited. I am looking forward to meeting other students from all over the country and learning valuable skills that will take me into college and the future.”

Valentine, the runner up for Circleville, won a $500 scholarship.

Michael Egenreider, PCCYL Chairman and OCU Vice President for Enrollment, says this of these OCU Post-Secondary students winning the PCCYL Scholarships, “OCU is honored to support Pickaway County by investing in the next generation.”

Both Burns and Valentine have plans to attend college after high school.

Photo: Emily Burns, first place winner from Circleville High School