Jaxon Lucas, a St. Patrick’s Catholic high school graduate who has clocked more than 550 volunteer hours in the community, was named the fourth annual recipient of a scholarship for young residents of Point Edward.
The Maynard and Rene Walker Family Scholarship awards US$5,000 in its first year, with the possibility of the same amount again for a second year, to students who live in the village and are attending a post-secondary institution or program. The selection criteria include academic achievement, financial need and community involvement.
“I was very thrilled to learn that I was this year’s recipient of the Maynard and Rene Walker Family Scholarship,” Lucas said in a new release. “My experiences growing up in the Village of Point Edward have been very positive, and I have enjoyed having the opportunity to both learn from, and contribute to, what makes our community a wonderful place to be.”
An athlete who also competed in Reach for the Top, Lucas volunteered with boys and girls Silver Stick tournaments as helper and marshal at the Point Edward Memorial Arena.
He also served as statistician and assistant equipment manager for the Point Edward Pacers lacrosse team and volunteered as an on-ice helper with the minor hockey program. He has volunteered as a scorekeeper for two-pitch and baseball programs, and was part of the fundraising Point Edward Gold maple syrup project.
He’s set to attend Wilfrid Laurier University in the fall to study kinesiology, with plans to become a chiropractor.
Lucas said he plans to return to the community after completing his education.
The scholarship was created by Mary Ellen Walker to honour her parents, Maynard and Rene Walker. Her father lived in Point Edward for his entire life and served on the volunteer fire department for 35 years, including as its chief from 1956 until 1979. Rene married Maynard and moved to Point Edward in 1949. She was active in the Point Edward Presbyterian Church.
Mary Ellen Walker, now retired, worked for 3M and, in 1988, moved to the U.S., where she and her husband split their time between homes in Arizona and Wisconsin.
“I continue to be excited by the quality of candidates for the Walker Scholarship each year,” Walker said in the news release. “It continually gives me great hope when I see the commitment of our young people, and their willingness to make our world a better place provides inspiration to me, as well as hope that we have a bright future.”