COLUMBIA CITY — Not very many people can say that receiving news of an accident involving their car while parked in a parking lot could turn out to be a good thing, but Columbia City High School senior Trevor Maggart can.
As a surprise on Wednesday afternoon The Whitley County Community Foundation announced that Maggart has been named the 2011 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar from Whitley County.
The full-ride scholarship has been presented each year since 1998 to at least one Whitley County student and in addition to covering the cost of tuition includes a stipend for books.
The surprise involved decorating Maggart’s car in the CCHS parking lot with a congratulations message, balloons, streamers and window paint. The WCCF also provided a cake for Maggart and his classmates to share in celebration of the news.
“I feel really blessed and happy that God provided a way for me to get through college. It’s an honor and very humbling,” Maggart said.
Maggart is the son of Beau and Aimee Maggart of Columbia City. He plans to attend Huntington University in the fall and has decided to pursue a major in Youth Ministry.
“I see the problems existing in my life and in my friends’ lives and when I’m an adult I want to be able to help people and give them hope,” said Maggart about choosing his major.
A group of Maggart’s family, friends, school colleagues and WCCF representatives were standing around Maggart’s decorated red Grand Prix when he walked out of CCHS under the impression that something had happened to his car. When the crowd cheered and shouted congratulations, Maggart covered his mouth with his hand in shock while shaking his head in disbelief as he neared the crowd of people waiting to congratulate him.
“I was really shocked” said Aimee Maggart of receiving the phone call with the news of her son’s win. “I was with my friends at work when I got the call and I cried.”
In writing a referral for Maggart’s application, CCHS track coach Kyle Nelson wrote, “He pursues his interests academically and athletically with great passion, determination and with purpose. This candidate consistently represents our student body, academic teams and athletic teams with class and a burning desire for excellence. He knows one speed — all out. He gives everything he has back to his team, classmates and community.”
Renee Menzie of Columbia City and South Whitley’s Ashley Rudd were alternates for this year’s award, and they will each receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Community Foundation.
“It’s a shock but I’m really excited and feel like I can really enjoy it now because I didn’t want to get my hopes up before,” Maggart said.