~ Wagoner will be honored during a luncheon in Richmond November 19~
College was always in the plan for Lauren Wagoner of Eure, N.C. And although she was accepted to a four-year institution, Paul D. Camp Community College became more of a practical choice after the birth of her daughter, Natalie Heckenlaible, now 18 months.
“I had to think more realistically about it,” she said regarding her college choice. “I can complete my associate degree in two years (at Paul D. Camp Community College). Then I can work and make money while I complete my bachelor’s degree. Since I am a new mom, this is a better option for me and my family in the long run.”
Wagoner was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Paul D. Camp Community College J. Philip Bain Jr. Common Legacy Scholarship. A Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship winner is selected from each of the 23 institutions in Virginia’s Community College System. The scholarship, annually named at each school for the recipient of the Chancellor’s Leadership in Philanthropy Award, may be used on any campus within the VCCS. This year, it will provide a $3,500 scholarship for a full year of tuition, books and fees.
Wagoner, who recently graduated with honors from Gates County High School, located in Gatesville, N.C., will begin her studies in nursing this fall at Paul D. Camp Community College.
“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” she said. “But after becoming a member of HOSA (Future Health Professionals, formerly Health Occupations Students of America), I took my first class in anatomy. I really liked it and was interested in physical therapy.”
She then donated time to Sentara Obici Hospital through its Junior Volunteer Program and worked in the physical therapy, and labor and delivery departments. She has since completed the certification for nursing assistant as well.
In addition to HOSA, Wagoner has served as senior vice president of the Student Government Association, secretary of the Beta Club, and took on lead roles in theater productions with the Playmakers Drama Club. She played recreational, and junior and varsity softball and volleyball. She was also part of a travel ball team for three years. She has served as a counselor for 4-H Horse Camp for the past five summers and is a member of Eure Christian Church.
Her accomplishments include: Academic All Conference for softball and volley ball; All Conference Team Catcher; Honor Roll; Principal’s List; fifth place in the Researched Persuasive Speaking for the district and state level for HOSA; fifth place in “The Quill” writing competition and third place in the Senior Beta Campaign Skit.
Wagoner is excited about her scholarship and credits her family and fiancé, Craig Heckenlaible, with providing much support. “They have always encouraged me, and being a mother adds to my determination to do my best in college,” she said.
As a Commonwealth Legacy scholar, Wagoner will mentor future scholarship recipients and participate in statewide events, such as the Student Leadership Conference, scheduled for fall. She also will be recognized, along with other scholars throughout the state, during the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education luncheon on Nov. 19 in Richmond.