Hard work pays off for Evans with scholarship


For Lana Evans, all her hard work paid off.

Evans, a recent Madison Central High graduate, was recently awarded scholarships from the Mayor’s Youth Council and the Junior Ambassador program of the Madison the City Chamber of Commerce. 

“I was absolutely honored to be awarded both of these scholarships. It really showed me that hard work will pay off in the long run and to always stay focused,” said Evans, the daughter of Kathy Evans and Torrye Evans. “The scholarship committees recognized everything I had done in and out of high school, and that made me feel very proud of all my work.”

She will use her $1,000 MYC scholarship, provided by RiverHills Bank and Neel-Schaffer, and the $2,500 Junior Ambassador scholarship, provided by C-Spire, at Mississippi State University  where she will major in biology with the goal of becoming a doctor.

As part of the Mayor’s Youth Council, the senior class president said she welcomed the opportunities to learn more about Madison. ‘

“Volunteering at community events and attending the Mayor and Board of Alderman meetings have been the most rewarding. Advocating for issues and initiatives that impact my age group has taught me the importance of civic engagement,” Evans said. “Participating in service-learning projects that benefit the citizens of Madison has been the most rewarding. It has empowered me to realize my potential to positively impact others and make changes.”

Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler congratulated Evans on her achievements in awarding her the scholarship.

“It’s exciting to see that Mississippi’s future is in good hands,” Hawkins-Butler said.

At Madison Central, Evans was an all-A student and a member of the Beta Club, the 30-plus Club, the Student Minority Club, the Mystix dance team, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team, the Upstanders Club, Show Choir and the recipient of Madison Central’s Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. As a member of the school’s Speech and Debate team, Evans won a number of awards, qualifying and placing in several state tournaments.

Evans said she appreciated all she learned participating in the Chamber’s Junior Ambassador program for the past year.

“Attending seminars and touring local businesses, has shown me a glimpse of the hard work and positive attitude it takes to succeed. I have made new friends and invaluable business contacts. These alliances have helped build my leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and communication skills,” she said. “The Junior Ambassador program has inspired me to make a difference in my community and I will be forever grateful for this opportunity.”

Kathy Evans said she is proud of her daughter’s hard work resulting in the two scholarships. 

“As parents, Lana’s dad and I have always promoted the value of an education and encouraged her to believe in herself. Lana has always been goal-oriented and has chosen to invest time in helping others in her community. We are so proud of her commitment to the Mayor’s Youth Council and Junior Ambassadors. Her receiving these achievements are truly an honor,” she said.

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