Student rejoices over scholarship

Alexi Sprague opened her email and yelped with joy. She then proceeded to run throughout Chaeffee Hall screaming in

Jacksons Food Stores, in partnership with Swire Coca-Cola, presented junior English major, Sprague, with a $3,000 scholarship during the Boise State verses New
Mexico game.

“We are fortunate to partner with our friends at Swire Coca-Cola to offer this scholarship opportunity,” said Cory Jackson, president of Jacksons Food Stores.

Sprague had no inclination she would be the recipient of the scholarship.

“I was just kind of taking a shot in the dark. I like to apply for things just in case; you never know,” Sprague said.

More than 2,000 applicants applied for the scholarship. Of those applicants, 10 were chosen at random then the panel read those essays and picked Sprague’s.

The only requirement for this scholarship was that applicants needed to be full-time students.

Applications were collected from Oct. 14 to Nov. 15 on Jacksons’ website and promoted on Jacksons Food Stores Facebook page.

Katrina Lemmon, advertising and promotions manager for Jacksons Food Stores, explained why Jacksons invests in education.

“It’s important that we support education. We’re happy to present a Boise State student with a scholarship,” Lemmon said.

Sprague expressed her gratitude regarding the scholarship.

“I was actually worried I wouldn’t be able to afford to be here next semester,” Sprague said.  “It’s pretty much helping me pay for my spring semester in its entirety.”

In order to attend school next semester, Sprague would have had to take out a student loan, something she did not want to do.

Sprague feels strongly about receiving a degree.

“Education is the most important thing you can do with your life,” Sprague said.

Lemmon and Jacksons Food Stores agree with Sprague in the value of education.

“We are proud to be part of the community with students like Alexi who are working and going to school,” Lemmon said. “Supporting her education and the education of all students is a good thing.”

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Mallory is currently a junior at Boise State studying English and Communications with a minor in Political Science. Mallory is the editor for the News section of The Arbiter. She is also the anchor for The Arbiter Minute.