Cleburne High School graduate Caroline Kelley was one of 32 recipients to receive a $2,000 scholarship from Ronald McDonald House Charities recently.
Kelley was selected for the scholarship based on her academic achievement and community service, RMHC officials said.
RMHC is an independent nonprofit organization with the mission to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, according to its website.
Kelley said she is excited, blessed and honored to receive this scholarship.
“For me, it is a huge blessing as it means I am able to continue my education and have some of my college paid for as it is something I won’t have to worry about in the future repaying my loans,” she said. “I am so thankful for this wonderful foundation and opportunity as they continue to inspire students like me and help them out along their journey as well.”
The RMHC also added an extra $1,000 to the scholarship and gave her a computer she can use at college, she said.
“I could not be more grateful for this opportunity and will forever be thankful for it,” she said.
CHS Community Relations Director Lisa Magers said Kelley graduated at the top 10 percent of her class and was an alumni scholarship honoree.
Kelley was a four-year member of the CHS girls golf team and advanced from district to compete at the regional tournament this year, Magers said.
“Caroline is one of the sweetest, most dedicated students I have worked with this year,” CHS counselor Tina Barnes said. “She is always appreciative, kind and very thoughtful. She is determined and thorough. We are very proud of what she has achieved as a Cleburne graduate.”
Kelley said she is studying psychology at The University of Texas at Austin in the fall.