Brianna Lindon grew up with three Australian shepherds and 18 horses — so no one was surprised when she decided she wanted to be a veterinarian.
“I’ve just always loved animals,” she says.
Lindon is well on her way to realizing her dream. She is a freshman at Morehead State University majoring in pre-veterinary science. She is helped along the way thanks to a scholarship from Mountain Telephone.
“It really helped me out a lot,” she says. “It is a big help in paying for my tuition and books.”
Lindon, a 2013 graduate from Morgan County High School, was one of 17 students from Morgan, Menifee, Elliott, Wolfe and Bath counties that won a combined total of $48,000 in scholarships from Mountain in 2013.
Mountain has awarded scholarships since 1988 when it first partnered with Morehead State University. Through the partnership, the students must attend MSU. Mountain will pay half of the scholarship funds, and MSU will cover the remainder. Over the past 25 years, Mountain has awarded scholarships to more than 400 students.
“We are really grateful for the partnership with Morehead State that enables us to offer scholarships to these hardworking and deserving students,” says Shayne Ison, general manager at Mountain.
Each year, an independent committee typically selects four students from Wolfe, Morgan, Menifee and Elliott counties and one student from Bath County to receive the four-year scholarships.
The scholarship amount was $2,500 per year from 1988 to 2009. Beginning with the 2010 graduating class, the scholarship amount increased to $3,000 per year. The scholarships are awarded based on the students’ grade point average, teacher recommendations and written essays.
Lindon says she wrote about what she wanted to be when she grew up, and she hasn’t wavered from that. She wrote about her love of animals and her desire to study animal sciences.
While in high school, Lindon was active in the FFA program and played both basketball and volleyball for the Cougars. This past fall she worked part time at the White Oak Pumpkin Patch, and she is now focused on her studies and enjoying the college experience.
“It’s a lot different than I thought it would be, but I am really enjoying it,” she says.
Once she completes her undergraduate studies at MSU, she plans to attend veterinary school at either Auburn University or the University of Tennessee — two of the South’s premiere veterinary schools.
“Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be a vet,” she says. “The scholarship from Mountain is really helping me out.”
For more information about scholarships from Mountain, visit www.mrtc.com.