College scholarship sought by 14-year-old [UPDATED]Published 11:11am Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Updated 11:35am Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Jay Turner, who attends M State – Fergus Falls, is not your average student. He is only 14 years old.
At first it felt awkward for Turner and his fellow students at the M State campus, but that quickly changed.
“I offered them (fellow students) my hand of friendship, even though it was much smaller and younger than theirs,” said Turner.
That gesture by Turner broke the glass of uneasiness, and friendships developed between the young student and his classmates. Turner’s offer of peer tutoring has been happily accepted by some of his fellow students.
Residents in Fergus Falls and the surrounding area have an opportunity to help the former home schooled student, Fergus Falls Twin Oaks attendee and current M State – Fergus Falls student pay for college.
Turner, who resides with his mother and nine siblings in Ashby, lives with the pain of losing his father, Scott, to cancer in 2001. He can’t say enough good things about his mother, Marla, the rock of the family who is a music teacher like her late husband.
Turner was recently selected as one of 10 finalists for the Chevy Scholarship, awarded by the West Dakota and Heartland Chevy Dealers. Four will win $5,000 to go toward their education.
Turner was selected as one of the finalists out of over 250 applicants, based on the quality of his application. Included was a list of his academic performance, activities, community involvement and a short essay on future plans.
Jordan Rasmusson of Fergus Falls High School was a finalist a year ago.
The four winners are determined by who gets the most votes. Turner needs support from people in Otter Tail County to help push him over the top. To vote, go to www.chevyscholar.com and register.
The voting phase started at noon on Tuesday, March 6, and ends at noon on Monday, March 19. On the website are brief biographies and future plans of the candidates.
Turner, who enjoys the studies of math and science, plans to study next year at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
“As my grades have risen,” so has my confidence,” said Turner. “My dreams propel me forward.”
Thinking ahead, for the long term, he looks to the possibility of becoming a doctor of genetics.
“In memory of my father, it would be wonderful to help seek a cure for cancer,” he said.
In addition to academic achievement, scholarship candidates need to also have strong credentials when it comes to extracurricular activities. Turner more than meets that criteria.
He has been active in Boys Scouts, Tae Kwon Do, mission work, band, community theater and baseball, to name a few.
Questions about the scholarship program can be directed to Meghann at 701-222-8721 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org