By Mallory Ragon of the Tribune
Alexis (Lexi) Lowe is this year’s recipient of the Paul D. Coverdell Class of 1957 Memorial Scholarship. Lowe was presented with the $1,500 award on Friday, April 12th, at a surprise ceremony held in the Brockman Lecture Hall at Lee’s Summit High School. Members of LSHS’s Class of 1957 returned to Lee’s Summit from across the country to be in attendance for the presentation and, also, were joined for breakfast on Saturday morning by Lexi and her mother.
Lowe is first in her class at Lee’s Summit High School and a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. She will be a pre-med student at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in the fall. She hopes to study biotechnologies and to participate in biomedical research.
The award couldn’t have come at a better time for Lowe, who was feeling stressed out about the application process for her prospective colleges and a variety of scholarships.
"I was met warmly by the LSHS Class of ‘57, and they really showed me how proud they were of me," she said. "They told me they believed in me and supported me."
The idea for creating the fund came shortly after the class’s 45th high school reunion in 2002. The alumni hoped to keep in touch and to leave a positive legacy at their alma mater. After considering several ideas, they decided to fund an annual scholarship to help top LSHS graduates begin their college education. The scholarship fund was established through a collection of donations and fundraisers in 2004. It was first awarded in the spring of 2005. The fund is in memory of deceased classmates and is named in honor of Paul D. Coverdell, 1956-57 student council president at LSHS and who, later, served as Director of the Peace Corps and then United States Senator from the state of Georgia until his death due to cerebral hemorrhage in July 2000. Funding of the Scholarship is ongoing and donations are accepted by the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation.
An involved student at LSHS (Lowe not only excelled academically through the International Baccalaureate diploma program, but found time to be the Tigerette Dance Team captain and Lee’s Summit Optimist Club Student of the Month, among a long list of other awards and activities), Lexi looks forward to being just as active on the Cornhusker campus. She is excited to complement her education there with football games, societies and intramural sports.