from the Star--Auburn--The Weghorst family of Auburn will be saving a ton in college tuition.
The Community Foundation DeKalb County announced Monday that Sydney Weghorst, a senior at DeKalb High School, is this year's DeKalb County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. She will receive four years of full tuition at an Indiana college of her choice and a book stipend of $900 per year.
If Weghorst's name sounds familiar, it's because her older brother, Forrest, won the scholarship two years ago.
"I thought, he got it, so I probably won't get it," Sydney Weghorst said Monday. "He had a lot better test scores than me, and he was valedictorian and I'm No. 3, so I figured that since he got it, I wouldn't. But I got it."
Sydney Weghorst will attend the Indiana Wesleyan University, where she plans to major in pre-med biology and minor in psychology in John Wesley Honors College with the goal of becoming a forensic psychologist.
Her father, Dr. Thaddeus Weghorst, is an Auburn physician, and brother Forrest currently is working on biology and preprofessional studies degrees at the University of Notre Dame with the goal of becoming a physician.
Sydney Weghorst is a National Honor Society member, a Tri Kappa honors recipient and been named to DeKalb's superior honor roll in each of her four years. She has also volunteered with Upward basketball and cheerleading since kindergarten.
During her senior year, Weghorst is participating in an internship with The Bowen Center mental health agency.
Susan Weghorst said she and her husband instilled in their children the importance of serving others from early ages. The rest, she said, was God's doing.
"Honestly, to us, it's a God thing, because I just can't believe that both of our kids have been blessed like this," Susan Weghorst said. "They're diligent in their studies, and they're diligent in their community service, and we've always taught them to serve others, and I think they've d aught on to that. That's how we live our lives, all of us, and it's paid off."
Sydney Weghorst said her brother read her scholarship application essay and predicted she would excel in the interview portion of the selection process. With the process over, Weghorst said she's feeling a whole lot of relieve.
"When I found out, I had just gotten done with my internship and I was shaking," she said. "I got the call and I was so excited, because I really didn't think I'd get it. I'm just relieved because, that day I had actually made myself a list of all the scholarships I was going to fill out that weekend if I didn't get it. I was prepared."
Other DeKalb County finalists for the Lily scholarship were Rebekah Brooker and Laura Morton of Lakewood Park School, William Pierce and John Foster of DeKalb High School, Karsten Cooper of Garrett High School, Sanne Van Roessel of Hamilton High School and Ellie Parker of Eastside High School.