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Tanner Thompson senior photo

By: Morgan Sexton
Contributing Writer

Tanner Thompson, a 2018 graduate, was selected by the Hagan Scholarship Foundation to receive a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky. This need-based and merit-based scholarship, valued at up to $48,000 over four years, was provided to over 300 students from rural America in 2018.

Tanner is entering college with 33 hours of college credit. He plans to double-major in psychology and neuroscience at UK. “Knowing I’m not going to be in debt is a huge relief since I want to pursue medical school,” said Tanner.

Tanner learned about this scholarship through the Wayne County High School guidance office. Counselor Donna Bridgeman recommended this scholarship to Tanner. Tanner’s 30-page application went through two rounds of judging before he was notified of his award at the end of April.

As a scholarship requirement, Tanner travelled to a conference at the University of Missouri to network with the roughly 600 in July. During the two-day conference, the students attended workshops to help them write a five-year plan and create a budget. Students are also required to work for at least 240 hours before the beginning of each school year in order to retain their scholarship.

Hours at work are familiar to Tanner, who began working at the Monticello Wendy’s restaurant at age 14. He was a manager before he left the job to work as a receptionist for Garmon and Ramsey Law Office.

During his time at Wayne County High School, Tanner served as Student Government Association President, Teenage Republicans President, a 4-H ambassador, participated in Beta Club, HOSA, and Gifted & Talented. He was also voted Homecoming King and Spirit Week King. Tanner was ranked second in his class of 207 with a GPA of 4.309.

Tanner also participated in the final class of Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP)  at University of Kentucky this summer. Tanner received daily instruction from elite medical professionals in Kentucky which further reinforced his interest in the medical field.

“These amazing people took time from their busy lives to educate us about the profession we all so dearly love,” said Tanner.

    While staying at UK, the program also allowed Tanner to become acquainted with his future college town. PEPP emphasizes the importance of service in healthcare by encouraging students to volunteer in their community.

“When we were away from campus, we were welcomed into the Lexington community with open arms”, he added.

Students receiving the Hagan Scholarship will be attending 236 different colleges and universities this fall. The Hagan Scholarship is endowed by businessman and investor Dan Hagan, a native of rural Missouri. Students interested in applying for the scholarship should visit www.hsfmo.org or the Wayne County High School guidance office after September 1, 2018.

Tanner with Justin Alley and Wayne Roberts

Tanner Thompson was congratulated by WCHS Principal Justin Alley and Superintendent Wayne Roberts before the end of the school year

volunteering at the dunbar center

During his time at PEPP, Tanner volunteered at the Dunbar Center in Lexington, KY. His trip highlighted the diversity of healthcare needs throughout the state.

tanner with the pepp directors

Tanner met Margaret McConnell, the director of Pepp, and Ryan Kennedy, the assistant PEPP director

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