Carolina Forest High School senior Bridgett Young received a Friends of the Carolina Forest Library Scholarship in an awards ceremony at Carolina Forest High School May 16.
One CFHS student and one Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology student, who will receive the scholarship next week, were the recipients of the first two $1,000 awards given by the Friends.
The scholarships must be used for college tuition and/or books.
Young, who lives in Carolina Forest, is the daughter of Tim and Kellie Young, and the older sister of TJ who attends the Scholars Academy.
In addition to meeting the criteria of living in The Forest and attending either CFHS or AAST, the scholarship application included a copy of the student’s transcript, an essay, a mini-autobiography and letters of recommendation.
An interview with the scholarship committee was also part of the process.
Young, who works at Mad Myrtle’s Ice Creamery, will attend USC in Columbia, majoring in chemical engineering.
“I want to go into food production and change the way food is produced,” she said about her career goal.
“A lot of processed foods are unhealthy and I want to make healthy meals more convenient for people instead of convenience being unhealthy,” she said.
Part of Young’s application process was talking about her favorite book, which is “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
“The message behind it is interesting and inspirational,” she said. “It says to trust yourself and not always follow what the crowd thinks and believes.
“It’s about standing up for yourself and what you think is right.”
Friends president Linda Stone said, “Bridgett knows exactly what she wants to do. She’s learned to be herself and not what other people want her to be.”
Stone said Young answered the scholarship committee’s questions without hesitation, and that “it’s apparent that she wants to help people.”
Young was acknowledged at the awards ceremony for several other accomplishments too.
She was recognized as a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and for graduating suma cum laude with a GPA of 4.825.
She was also recognized for having received the AP Scholars Award for scoring 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.
And, she got a departmental award from the English department and another from the foreign language department.
The Friends of the Carolina Forest Library is a fundraising group that supports library programs. The group meets at the library the first Monday of each month from 6-7 p.m. and new members are always welcome.
Young said she enjoys photography and spends much of her free time on that hobby.
Describing herself as “passionate about everything,” she said, “I think if you work hard enough, you can do anything.”