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Scholarship Fund: The Kelly McAdams Memorial Scholarship

When Ben and Pat McAdams lost their daughter, Kelly, at a much-too-young age, they wanted to do something to honor her life. “Kelly was bright, and had a broad view of the world,” said her father, Dr. Ben McAdams, “She had a keen inquisitive mind, got a good education, and with hard work and perseverance, she became an attorney. We thought the best way to honor that legacy is by offering local high school students a chance to get a good education so they can use their inquisitive minds to make a better world. Education is the best, most significant way to level the economic playing field for those who may not have the means.”

Sean Pringle was awarded the first scholarship from the Kelly McAdams Memorial Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund that partners with local Kiwanis Club members who serve on the selection committee. “Sean is a superstar in every way,” said Angela Hollander, Community Foundation Scholarship Program Associate. “Since he started as a freshman engineering student at Cal Poly, he’s carried 16 units a quarter, maintains a 3.73 GPA, finds time to volunteer and help other students, and works in the family hardware store on weekends. I don’t know how he does it!”

An Arroyo Grande High School graduate, Pringle has demonstrated his Kiwanis-style leadership skills by helping students at the local Boys and Girls Club who are struggling with math and reading. He tutors a second grade student with ADD, and has started a campus Scholar Group at Cal Poly that brings together high achieving students with opportunities for community involvement. He has joined the college’s chapter of the Society of Civil Engineers and was selected to attend an annual West Coast Leadership Conference. Sean writes letters regularly to the Kelly McAdams Scholarship Committee, updating them on his progress and plans for the future.

“I am honored to be a recipient of a scholarship dedicated to an individual with values I admire and hold true,” said Pringle. “I feel driven in my efforts toward college academia and community service because of the support and opportunity this scholarship provides for me.”

Anyone wishing to help students like Sean Pringle can contribute to the Kelly McAdams Memorial Scholarship Fund.

A qualifying applicant for this scholarship demonstrates financial need; is a senior at a San Luis Obispo County high school; has plans to attend an approved vocational, community, or four-year college full time; and exhibits a strong academic record, as well as “Kiwanis” type leadership throughout time spent in high school as a volunteer working with children.

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