Greenfield Student Takes Top Prize in National Scholarship Program
Electronic Security Association Honors Student and Family for Community Service Commitment
Irving, Texas, May 25, 2010 - Claire Williams of Greenfield, Ind. was recently selected as the first place winner of the Electronic Security Association's Youth Scholarship Program and received a $7,500 scholarship for her outstanding essay and scholastic achievements.
In 1996, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) launched the Youth Scholarship Program to promote goodwill among the electronic systems industry and police and fire officials by providing college scholarship awards to their deserving sons or daughters.
Claire (hi-res photo) will graduate second in her class of 284 students at Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville, IN. Her scholastic excellence has already proven invaluable as she has recently received an appointment to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Claire's father, Craig Williams, is a lieutenant with the Buck Creek Township volunteer fire department. Her leadership efforts in school clubs and church functions, combined with her volunteer community service activities, illustrate Claire's deep sense of civic duty that was most certainly handed down by her father. In her essay she wrote, "As I grew older, I could better recognize the deeper meaning of my dad's choice to get involved, as I began to notice his personal sacrifices such as time, sleep, and effort he made to serve at the fire house. His involvement inspired me to make a more personal difference as well. I started volunteering at the Julian Center, an urban domestic violence shelter, and spent my summers playing with children in the kids' program. It was one of the most beneficial experiences of my youth. I learned how much I have been blessed with, and how important it is for one to give back to his/her community. Even small efforts can make a big difference in the lives of others."
The ESA Youth Scholarship Program is a multi-tiered program that requires students first apply through their local Chartered Chapter Association. The winners from each participating Chartered Chapter Association along with one national nominee from a non-participating state compete for national awards of $7,500 for first place and $2,500 for second place. This year, 14 Chartered Chapter Associations participated, an increase of two states over last year. Claire was selected first overall out of more than 680 applicants nationwide. In addition to her national award, Claire received a $1,000 scholarship from the local chapter, the Indiana Burglar & Fire Alarm Association. Altogether, ESA and its participating Chartered State Associations awarded $41,000 in scholarships this year to 29 winners.
If you would like to interview Claire or her father, please contact ESA Communications Specialist Jason Smith at (888) 447-1689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formerly the NBFAA, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest and longest established trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.ESAweb.org.
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