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Selected Educational Trust Announces Scholarship Winners

The Board of Trustees of the Selected Educational Trust is proud to announce the recipients of the Selected Educational Trust 2020 Fall Cycle Second-Career Scholarship Program sponsored by Ring Ring Marketing. And the winners are:

Melissa Ann Taylor

Josie Toller

  • Melissa Ann Taylor attending Northeast Texas Community College
  • Josie Toller attending Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science

“It is the greatest fulfillment of the Trust’s mission, when we can continue to provide financial support in the form of educational scholarships to such deserving young professionals.” said Bea Pedersen, Executive Director of the Selected Educational Trust. Each award recipient receives $1,500 towards their Mortuary Science tuition and fees. “We also want to thank Welton Hong of Ring Ring Marketing for sponsoring our scholarship program for the first-time this year.” continued Pedersen. “Without their support, these scholarships would not have been possible.

When asked what this scholarship meant to her, Melissa Ann Taylor responded, “I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was a recipient of your scholarship. Upon graduating, I plan on going to work at a local funeral home but hope to someday open my own funeral home to serve (my) community in its time of need.”

Josie Toller was equally expressive, "This is wonderful news! Thank you so much for this award. I’m so grateful for this opportunity!"

According to Pedersen, “Many students entering this profession as a second-career are often mature adults with families and careers. But their personal goals include pursuing a career that is more fulfilling and satisfying than what they are currently doing. Scholarship funds are often not available to these second-career students. The Trust created this scholarship program specifically for individuals like Melissa and Josie. They are making a change in their career and, as such, will be change-makers in this profession.”

For more information about the Selected Educational Trust, please contact Bea Pedersen.

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