Education: Leadership program, scholarships
Madison Osborne, a rising junior at West Rowan High School, recently attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar presented by the Raleigh Jaycees. Osborne joined more than 200 other young leaders.
He is the son of Teresa Lanning and Terry Osborne.
HOBY N.C. was held at N.C. State University June 12-14. The leadership seminar brings together a select group of rising juniors to interact with groups of leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss present and future issues.
The goal is to provide students a stimulating forum for learning about critical issues while broadening their understanding of their leadership potential and quest for self-development. HOBY leaders are challenged to return to their communities to perform at least 100 hours of community service within 12 months following the seminar.
The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership was established in 1958 by popular actor Hugh O’Brian following a visit to Africa, where he was inspired by a meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
“One of the things Schweitzer said to me was that the most important thing in education was to teach young people to think for themselves,” O’Brian said. “From that inspiration, and with the support of others who believe in youth and the American Dream, I started HOBY to seek out, recognize, and develop outstanding leadership potential among our nation’s youth.”
Salisbury/Rowan Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has awarded three $1,000 scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The Anne Stanback-Charlotte Kinlock Scholarship, named in honor of Salisbury native Anne Stanback and her wife; the Founder’s Equality Scholarship, named in honor of chapter founder Michael Clawson; and the Linda Ketner Community Service Scholarship, named for Salisbury native Ketner, are awarded to seniors who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender or who identify as a straight ally.
Students asked that their names not be released.
The local chapter of PFLAG was founded in 2006 and established the scholarship foundation and awarded its first two scholarships in 2008. The organization was the first in North Carolina to award scholarships exclusively to GLBT students and/or their straight allies.
“Uniquely, Salisbury/Rowan PFLAG’s scholarships may be awarded to any high school senior continuing his or her education, including students of trade schools, community colleges or traditional four-year colleges and universities,” said Todd Adrian, chapter president.
“We are very pleased to award these scholarships to these courageous and deserving students,” said Margaret Basinger, chairperson of the scholarship advisory committee. “Provided the Autumn Soiree, our major scholarship fundraiser, is as successful as past years, our hope is to add a fourth scholarship for academic year 2010-2011,” Basinger said.
Fore more information about the local PLFAG chapter and the scholarship organization, go to www.salisbury-plfag.or or call 704-232-4916.