Tonight was the 2014 Awards Ceremony at Salado High School for the Senior class. This also meant that the Diem family would award the 1st Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes Dowdy Memorial Scholarship! I had the amazing honor to share about my grandsons……..Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes. I told them about how Fischer always talked about becoming a Salado Eagle….and how Fischer would have started kindergarten this fall. I shared how they loved Friday night lights in this small community and John and I created this scholarship not only to honor their memory but to create a lasting legacy long after we are gone. I celebrate the thought that there is a small part of my grandsons legacy that is joined to the dreams of a high school senior in the high school they would have graduated from. I couldn’t be more thrilled with this years recipient! He was so respectful, gracious, and appreciative. His family attends Salado United Methodist Church and knew Elizabeth and the boys. He is a band student and will be attending Lamar University to pursue a music degree. And when I saw him for the first time as I read his name….of which he was not aware that he had been selected for the scholarship…… it was priceless to see his face when I announced his name…….I smiled and my heart was full….. in fact overflowing. You see, he is a blonde blue eyed young man. So, it is with great honor and blessing, I introduce you to Chase Manning of the 2014 Salado High School graduating class who is the recipient of the 2014 Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes Dowdy Memorial Scholarship!
Tonight was a testament how a broken heart and the love of your daughter/grandchildren can make a difference in someone’s life. I look forward to following Chase’s college career and I congratulate his parents for raising an amazing young man! Lastly, I want to say that what a terrific class of graduates there were in Salado! For a 2A school, this graduating class had a total of $2,433,671.50 in scholarship funds granted! 2.4 MILLION! I saw two students take their enlistment oath to become Marine’s tonight….the valedictorian was awarded his appointment to the Air Force Academy, another student had a 4 year ROTC scholarship at Baylor University, there was the $20,000 scholarship to Texas State, and the list of scholarships and awards went on and on. What an amazing show of support and commitment from this community that my daughter so dearly loved! John and I are blessed to now have an active role to pay it forward. Lastly, my congratulations to Chase! You were the perfect recipient this year to honor the memory and lives of three little boys………
Yes, there is beauty that rises from the ashes! Romans 8:28 Amen!